Robert J. Rodrigues, M.D. <email@example.com>
Dr. David A. Johnson, AICP <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Peter T. Knight <email@example.com>
Dr. Gilles Seguin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Mr. Lane Smith <email@example.com>
Dr. Joseph N. Pelton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Mr. Myron Nordquist <email@example.com>
Dr. A. Pinto-Rodrigues <APinto-Rodrigues@unido.org>
Prof. Dr. Roberto C. Villas B¤as <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Richard Wah <email@example.com>
Alexandre Rivas, Ph.D. <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Prof. Jose Brenes Andre <email@example.com>
John W. Hibbs <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Leander Kahney <email@example.com>
Dear Bob, David, Peter, Lane, Joe,
(1) Many thanks for your attending our mtg at PAHO on 12/20th.
David and I were pleased with the very productive mtg.
(2) We were very glad to hear
of your willingness to formulate our Global
Service Trust Fund (GSTF) project.
greatly appreciate it if you can kindly come up a brief write-up
about it by, say, January 10th, 2000, so that I can bring it to the
International Consultative Conference on Telemedicine at WHO in Geneva
which will be held from 1/12th to 1/14th.
Pls do the same on your part to substantiate Peter's GSTF write-up, as we talked about during our mtg.
(3) After attending the WHO
mtg, I plan to visit the UN in Vienna to
describe it to key personnel who organized the space conference last
July there -- see
U.N. backs space technology to help Third World
CNN News July 30, 1999
Their conclusion is similar to our proposed Global Service Trust
Fund (GSTF). This is because we propose that the GSTF is to be
established under the auspices of several international
organizations, e.g., the WHO, ITU, UNESCO, ILO, World Bank, etc.,
to cover the huge costs of global broadband Internet satellite
channels around the world for tele-learning and tele-medicine.
A few days
ago, I talked with Dr. Pinto-Rodrigues over the phone, and he
is now arranging a mtg, say, on 1/17th with those people.
(4) Many thanks for your msg (ATTACHMENT I).
will be a great opportunity to discuss the GSTF project at the
Clarke Institute Founder's Conference at the INTELSAT headquarters (3400
International Drive, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008-3098) on February 5th (Saturday).
Dear Peter and Lane:
Pls reserve the date -- it will start from 9:00 am.
(5) During our mtg, you depicted
the sequence of waves of activities on a
(a) Wave #1:
Construction of telecom infrastructure and facilities,
(b) Wave #2:
Tele-education and content development,
(c) Wave #3:
Tele-health, telemedicine and medical education,
(d) Wave #4:
Economic development and job placement.
I agree with these observations.
to construct a global private virtual network (PVN) of
broadband Internet among non-profit institutions of education and
medical fields in the initial phase (*), with the GSTF which will be
collected from the Official Development Assistant (ODA) funds of G7 (or
OECD) countries. However, in due course, it will need to be opened to
commercial fields in order to have self-sustainability as having profit-oriented
organizations subsidizing the K-12's accessing the broadband
Internet in the later stage of the development.
(*) front-runners are PEACESAT of the University of Hawaii
and USPNet of the University of the South Pacific in Fiji.
(6) I then reported the activities
of the USPNet at the University of South
Pacific (USP) in Fiji.
I also distributed followings to the mtg attendees;
University of the South Pacific/Bulletin, Vol. 32, No. 31, 17
September, 1999, Page 1 and 2,
(b) Map of the USPNet consortium,
(c) USPNet (a brief overview),
(d) USPNet 2 (more about USPNet),
(e) USPNet 3 (more about USPNet),
Wah, Richard, On-line Teaching: The Basic Issues at the
University of South Pacific."
people told me during my stay in Fiji that their new
equipment received from Japanese government do not have much margin for
upgrading in the future.
You kindly said that you would investigate this at the INTELSAT
headquarters in D.C. This information may be important to Lane's
next activity -- see below.
once their USP will be hooked up to 200 Gbps fiber optic loop
among Hawaii, Fiji, Australia and New Zealand next year, they may use
the current 64 Kbps satellite link and the line from their central hub
to any web site in the US (or anywhere) as same as the terrestrial line
of the DirecPC, if the return (downlink) of the web will be sent at 0.5
Mbps (up to 10 Mbps) via another (or the same) satellite from an earth
station in Hawaii to be received at their USP or at its 12 consortium
Although this scheme will add additional satellite hop for
uplinking from their student, this time delay may not be much for
web retrieving -- and this scheme will not need to waste the
current equipment received from Japanese government.
Many thanks for your msg (ATTACHMENT II). We wish to have same
benefits with broadband Internet as described in the WIRED
article, even in the small island consortium countries of the
(7) Many thanks for your attendance.
I was very
pleased to hear of your willingness to write-up a preliminary
proposal of the US/Japan governmental joint project, not only to enhance
your Leland program in Africa but also to emulate it in Asia/Pacific
region. Pls talk on this approach with Gilles Seguin so that it may
have the Canadian government's involvement.
BTW, the USP is a member of the Commonwealth of Learning in
consider that the enhancement of the USPNet may be a very
possible candidate of this joint project, since it already has the
multi-lateral cooperation of the Japanese, Australian and New Zealand
Such multi-lateral governmental cooperation will be the basis of
the GSTF project, too.
(8) The mini-workshop of our
South American Group with UNAMAZ consortium
people will be held on May 27 and 28 in Manaus.
As discussed, pls plan to attend it with your educational people.
Bob is going to Manaus for his family's vacation soon. If you
both can find time, you may meet together for a brief chat.
(9) Pls check with Jose Brenes
if his group can join in Alex's workshop in
Manaus on May 27 and 28.
Have a wonderful holiday seasons and very Happy New Year!!
Date: Thu, 23 Dec 1999 11:14:40
Subject: Re: Mini-workshop in Manaus on May 27 and 28
Dear Tak: At the Clarke Institute
Founder's Conference I think we should have
some discussion of how the Institute might support the idea of a Global Trust
Fund for Tele-education and Tele-medicine. I will try to coordinate this
with you in the near future. Joe Pelton
Date: Mon, 20 Dec 1999 12:46:40
From: John Hibbs <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: hi speed webcast shows future
Cc: "Dr. Tak Utsumi" <email@example.com>
Dr. Utsumi and Roger Boston talk
of this all the time.
The bandwidth to change everything
Not Your Father's Netcast
by Leander Kahney
3:00 a.m. 18.Dec.1999 PST
PALO ALTO, California -- Researchers previewed the future of Webcasting with a
first time demonstration of high-definition TV over the next generation
In a darkened auditorium at Stanford
University on Friday, a handful of
engineers watched a broadcast from the University of Washington (UW) via the
high-bandwidth Internet 2 network, which will link universities around the US.
"This is really a historic event,"
said Amy Philipson, executive director of
ResearchTV, which backed the demonstration. "This is a watershed event in the
networking world.... It's a step forward in the history of the Internet."
The transmission started with a
skit from The Tonight Show, and featured a
live feed showing the campus of the UW so clear it was possible to distinguish
individual drops of rain.
"That's amazing quality video,"
marveled one onlooker viewing an image of two
researchers at the broadcasting facility in Seattle. "It's like they're right
there and you could just reach out and grab them. That's cool."
The high-definition video feed set
a new Internet speed record, the
researchers said, speeding across the Net at 200 megabits per second.
"You might have noticed -- no artifacts,
no breakup, no problem," said
Developed by engineers at UW, the
system is the first technology capable of
sending huge amounts of data using the standard Internet Protocol (IP) without
a dedicated network or sophisticated Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM)
hardware, the researchers said.
Instead, the video was compressed,
chopped into IP packets and dispatched over
a shared Internet connection, albeit a higher-bandwidth version, the
"People thought it was impossible
to send very high bit rates over the IP
protocol, and they showed it was possible," said Hugo Gaggioni, a vice
president of technology at Sony, which helped underwrite the project.
"[The UW researchers'] contribution
is [that] they have a technology for
sending Internet packets that guarantees very clean transmission. That part of
the experiment is crucial and they've done it very well."
High definition TV, or HDTV, is
an all-digital, wide-screen format. Described
by the industry as the biggest shake-up since TV went color, HDTV provides
great clarity and detail with surround sound audio.
Congress has mandated the US broadcast
industry to switch to HDTV over the
next few years.
While the bandwidth necessary to
get HDTV into homes may be years away, the
technology has immediate commercial appeal, the researchers said. Applications
include distance learning, tele-medicine and immersive remote control of
scientific and commercial robots.
Hollywood has already shown a lot
of interest, Philipson said. Visual effects
studios are interested in experimenting with the system as a way to link
studios, allowing their wizards to collaborate virtually.
The technology may also allow TV
producers to edit live broadcasts at a studio
away from an event. If high bandwidth ever comes to homes, viewers may be able
to act as their own producers, selecting which video feeds they want to watch,
"Just like the Internet when it
got started 30 years ago, no one knew what
people would do with it," Philipson said. "We think this will be just like
"They're setting the foundation
for a time when we have much higher
bandwidth," said Sony's Gaggioni. "These experimenters are not doing it just
to push the envelope of knowledge, they have a very high expectation that this
is going to happen."
Wired Digital Inc. All rights reserved.
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Robert J. Rodrigues, M.D.
Health Services Information System Program
Division of Health Systems and Services Development
Pan American Health Organization
Regional Office of the World Health Organization
525 Twenty-Third Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20037
NetMeeting Server: ils.paho.org
Dr. David A. Johnson, AICP
Board member of GLOSAS/USA
Former President of Fulbright Association
Professor of School of Planning
College of Arts and Sciences
University of Tenneseee
108-I Hoskins Library
Knoxville, TN 37996-4051
Tel: +1-423-974 5227
Fax: +1-423-974 5229
Peter T. Knight
Knight, Moore - Telematics for Education and Development
Communications Development Incorporated (CDI)
Strategy, Policy, Design, Implementation, Evaluation
1825 Eye Street, NW, Suite 1075
Washington, DC 20006, USA
Tel: 1-202-775-2132 (secretary), 1-202-721-0348 (direct)
Fax: 1-202-775-2135 (office), 1-202-362-8482 (home)
IP for CU-SeeMe: 18.104.22.168
Dr. Gilles Seguin
Senior Education Marketing Strategist
Education Marketing Unit (ACET)
Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT)
125 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0G2
FAX (613) 995-3238
Mr. Lane Smith
Coordinator of the Leland Initiative
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), AFR/SD
Ronald Reagan Building
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington D.C. 20523-4600
Tel: +1-202-712 0826
Dr. Joseph N. Pelton
Senior Research Scientist
Institute for Applied Space Research, Rm 340
George Washington University
2033 K Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20052
Mr. Myron Nordquist
U.S. Senator Conrad Burns' Office
187 Dirksen Senate Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-2603
804-924-7573 -- at the U. of VA.
Fax: 804-982-2622 -- at the U. of VA.
Dr. A. Pinto-Rodrigues
Director, Investment and Technology Promotion Branch
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
P.O. Box 300
tel 0043 1 26026/4864 or 3809
FAX 0043 1 26026/6805
Prof. Dr. Roberto C. Villas B¤as
Chairman Advisory Committee
International Materials Assessment and Application Centre (IMAAC/UNIDO)
Pesquisador Titular CETEM / CNPq/CETEM
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fax : 00 55 21 260 28 37
Home :00 55 553 20 70
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Roberto C. Villas-Boas D.Sc.
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The University of the South Pacific (USP)
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+55-92-644 23 22
Fax: +55-92-644 23 84
Prof. Jose Brenes Andre
President of Consta Rica Fulbright Association
Escuela de Fisica
Universidad de Costa Rica
John W. Hibbs
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Global Education
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