<<December 24, 1999>>

Robert J. Rodrigues, M.D. <rrodrigues@paho.org>

Dr. David A. Johnson, AICP <daj@utk.edu>

Peter T. Knight <ptknight@ibm.net>

Dr. Gilles Seguin <gilles.seguin@dfait-maeci.gc.ca>

Mr. Lane Smith <lasmith@usaid.gov>

Dr. Joseph N. Pelton <ecjpelton@aol.com>

Mr. Myron Nordquist <myron_nordquist@burns.senate.gov>

Dr. A. Pinto-Rodrigues <APinto-Rodrigues@unido.org>

Prof. Dr. Roberto C. Villas B¤as <villasboas@cetem.gov.br>

Richard Wah <wah_r@usp.ac.fj>

Alexandre Rivas, Ph.D. <alex_mau@argo.com.br>

Prof. Jose Brenes Andre <jbrenes@cariari.ucr.ac.cr>

John W. Hibbs <hibbs@bfranklin.edu>

Leander Kahney <leander@wired.com>
 
 

Dear Bob, David, Peter, Lane, Joe, and Myron:
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(1)  Many thanks for your attending our mtg at PAHO on 12/20th.

     David and I were pleased with the very productive mtg.

Dear Peter:
===========

(2)  We were very glad to hear of your willingness to formulate our Global
     Service Trust Fund (GSTF) project.

          Reference:
          <http://www.friends-partners.org/GLOSAS/Tampere_Conference/GSTF/GSTF.html>.

     I would 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.

          Dear Lane:
          ==========

          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
          http://www.cnn.com/TECH/space/9907/30/space.un.reut/index.html

          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.

Dear Joe:
=========

(4)  Many thanks for your msg (ATTACHMENT I).

     Yes, it 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
     flip-chart as;

     (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.

     We intend 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.

          Reference:
          <http://www.friends-partners.org/GLOSAS/Tampere_Conference/Final_Report/Pilot_Project_Proposals/Asia_Pacific/Sub-region/South%20Pacific/Univ._of_South_Pacific.html>.

     I also distributed followings to the mtg attendees;

     (a)  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),

     (f)  Wah, Richard,  On-line Teaching: The Basic Issues at the
          University of South Pacific."

     The USPNet 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.

          Dear Joe:
          =========

          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.

     However, 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
     islands.

          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.

          Dear John:
          ==========

          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
          USPNet.

Dear Lane:
==========

(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
          Vancouver, Canada.

     You may 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
     governments.

          Such multi-lateral governmental cooperation will be the basis of
          the GSTF project, too.

Dear Bob:
=========

(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.

          Dear Alex:
          ==========

          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.

Dear David:
===========

(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!!

Best, Tak
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                          ATTACHMENT I

Date: Thu, 23 Dec 1999 11:14:40 -0500 (EST)
From: Ecjpelton@aol.com
To: utsumi@www.friends-partners.org
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
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                         ATTACHMENT II

Date: Mon, 20 Dec 1999 12:46:40 -0700
To: GLD@lists.rsu.edu
From: John Hibbs <hibbs@bfranklin.edu>
Subject: hi speed webcast shows future
Cc: "Dr. Tak Utsumi" <utsumi@www.friends-partners.org>

Dr. Utsumi and Roger Boston talk of this all the time.
            ========================================

                          Excerpt from
   http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,1282,33144,00.html

               The bandwidth to change everything
 

                   Not Your Father's Netcast
                       by Leander Kahney
                      <leander@wired.com>

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
Internet.

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
Philipson.

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
researchers said.

"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,
Philipson suggested.

"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
that."

"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."
 

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Robert J. Rodrigues, M.D.
Program Coordinator
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
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202-974-3826
Fax: 202-974-3614
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http://www.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
USA
Tel: +1-423-974 5227
Fax: +1-423-974 5229
daj@utk.edu
http://web.utk.edu/~djohnutk/

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)
Email: ptknight@ibm.net
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http://www.cdinet.com
IP for CU-SeeMe: 198.77.80.46

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
(613) 992-6289
FAX (613) 995-3238
gilles.seguin@dfait-maeci.gc.ca
http://www.dfait-maeci.gc.ca/culture/educationmarketing/menu-e.htm

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
USA
Tel: +1-202-712 0826
Fax: +1-202-216-3373
lasmith@usaid.gov
http://www.info.usaid.gov

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
202-994-5507
Fax: 202-994-5505
ecjpelton@aol.com
jpelton@seas.gwu.edu

Mr. Myron Nordquist
Legislative Counsel
U.S. Senator Conrad Burns' Office
187 Dirksen Senate Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-2603
202-224-6808
Fax: 202-224-8594
Cell: 301-646-8153
myron_nordquist@burns.senate.gov
http://www.senate.gov/~burns/
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
A-1400, Vienna
Austria
tel 0043 1 26026/4864 or 3809
FAX 0043 1 26026/6805
APinto-Rodrigues@unido.org

Prof. Dr. Roberto C. Villas B¤as
Chairman Advisory Committee
International Materials Assessment and Application Centre (IMAAC/UNIDO)
President COPAM
Pesquisador Titular CETEM / CNPq/CETEM
Rua Quatro, Quadra D, Cidade Universit­ria
21941-590 - Ilha do Fund o - Rio de Janeiro - Brasil
phone : 00 55 21 560 72 22 ext 219
fax      : 00 55 21 260 28 37
Home  :00 55 553 20 70
e-mail : villasboas@cetem.gov.br
e-mail : 24327955@pager.mirabilis.com
or
Roberto C. Villas-Boas D.Sc.
Professor of Materials Science and Researcher
CETEM - Center for Minerals Technology
Rua 4 , Quadra D
Ilha do Fundao
Rio de Janeiro, CEP21941-590
Brasil
tel : 0055215607222 ramal 219
fax : 0055212602837
villasboas@cetem.gov.br

Richard Wah
Deputy Director and Head of Distance Education
University Extension
The University of the South Pacific (USP)
Laucala Campus
PO Box 1168
Suva, FIJI
tel/fax:(679) 300482
wah_r@usp.ac.fj
www.usp.ac.fj

Alexandre Rivas, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor
Director of the Center for Environmental Sciences
University of Amazonas - Brazil
C.P. 4208, Manaus 69053-140
BRAZIL
+55-92-635 32 33
+55-92-644 23 22
Fax: +55-92-644 23 84
alex_mau@argo.com.br
http://www.argo.com.br/~alex_mau/alex.htm

Prof. Jose Brenes Andre
President of Consta Rica Fulbright Association
Escuela de Fisica
Universidad de Costa Rica
San Pedro
COSTA RICA
Tel: +506-207-5019
Fax: +506-225-5511
jbrenes@cariari.ucr.ac.cr

John W. Hibbs
Director
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Global Education
2529 Front Street
San Diego, California 92103
USA
Tel: +1-619-230-0212
Fax: +1-619-270-2667
hibbs@bfranklin.edu
http://www.bfranklin.edu
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