<<August 29, 1999>>

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

Dr. Marco Antonio R. Dias <mardias@club-internet.fr>

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

Mr. Edison Keiji Yamamoto <keijiy@infolink.com.br>

Paulo Coury <pcoury@saude.gov.br>

Col. Ademar M. Galvao Filho <galvao@comsivam.org>

Dr. Nelson Fraiji <fraiji@fua.br>

Professor Dr. Miguel Nenev <neneve@unir.br>

Jorge Elarrat <elarrat@embratel.com.br>

Lia Marques Bellesi
Secretaria Executiva
Association of Amazonian Universities (UNAMAZ)

Mr. Albano Gomes (Fax: +55-91-224-2055)
Association of Amazonian Universities (UNAMAZ)

W. R. (Bill) Klemm, D.V.M., Ph.D. <wklemm@cvm.tamu.edu>

Fernando Garcâa <fernando.garcia@wang.com>

Lieutenant Colonel Jeff F. Addicott <jaddicott8@aol.com>

George P. Cole, Sr. <coleg@mantech-miami.com>

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

Sam Westgate, Ph.D. <swestgat@usia.gov>

Robert C. Schmidt <rschmidt@usia.gov>

Ms. Amalia Bernal <abmbogo@usia.gov>

Mr. Charles Fox
WORLDNET Television and Film Service
U.S. Information Agency

Norman H. Okamura, Ph.D. <norman@elele.peacesat.hawaii.edu>

(1) Many thanks for your msgs.

ATTACHMENT I from Alexandre Rivas

ATTACHMENT II from Marco Antonio R. Dias

ATTACHMENT III from Edison Keiji Yamamoto

ATTACHMENT IV from Bill Klemm

ATTACHMENT V from Fernando Garcâa

(2) Dear Alex and Marco:

It was my great pleasure to have met with you during our Tampere event.

I am very delighted to hear of Marco's endorsement of Alex's proposal

In order to set up broadband wireless Internet networks in Manaus and/or
Porto Velho areas, you would need equipment (transceivers) and satellite

(a) Equipment;

For equipment, I would suggest that you obtain it from Japanese
government as Non-tied cultural aid." To get this, you will need to
submit your proposal to the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of
Health in Brazilia. With their endorsement, your proposal will then be
transferred to the Japanese Embassy in Brazilia which will then be
transferred to the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

You may get help from Marco and Nelson to get the endorsement from
the Ministry of Education. You may do the same from Robert J.
Rodrigues, Nelson, Dr. Yamamoto and Dr. Coury.

Dear Dr. Yamamoto:

Many, many thanks for your msg (ATTACHMENT III). I hope you have
enjoyed viewing the videotape of our GLH from Manaus which I sent
to you before. Many thanks also for your introduction to Dr.

Alex, Dr. Yamamoto was kindly introduced to me by Robert J.

During my visit to Tokyo last June, I visited the Chairman of Budget
Appropriation Committee and high echelon of the Japanese Ministry of
International Trade and Industry (MITI) on this matter.

When your proposal reaches to Japanese side in Tokyo, we (including the
Foundation for the Support of the United Nations (FSUN)) will support
you -- incidentally, the FSUN was created under the auspices of the
Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

When I visited your university in Manaus in June of 1997, Nelson (then
its outgoing rector) told me that your university has several branch
campuses. When I visited Porto Velho last October, they told me that
they also have several branch campuses nearby Bolivia border.

You may consider to set up microwave broadband Internet networks among
those branch campuses as using similar technology as Shinshu University
Network of Japan and SkyBridge Network of Hawaii which were presented
during our Tampere event.

Incidentally, Jorge Elarrat told me that there is a vacant
frequency bandwidth for this network when I made my talk at his
EMBRATEL/Porto Velho. This is a very important factor.

Those branch campuses may then emanate the broadband Internet to nearby
secondary and elementary schools, libraries, hospitals and any other
governmental and non-governmental organizations with the use of
broadband wireless spread spectrum equipment about which Barry McLarnon
described during our Tampere event.

(b) Satellite segment;

Alex, you kindly introduced me to then President Oliveria of SIVAM who
was then Three-Star General (now four-star general) at Tropical Hotel in
Manaus last October. He told us that SIVAM has three transponders on

I would think that it would be the quickest and easiest way to implement
our broadband Internet to Amazon area, if you can obtain some space
among those three transponders of SIVAM.

On this idea, I approached Col. Ademar M. Galvao Filho of SIVAM in
Boston office several month ago. He told me that, though SIVAM is
administered by Brazilian Air Force, it is an inter-ministry project so
that your proposal would need endorsements from the ministries of
education and health to approach SIVAM.


Pls obtain their support as mentioned above for equipment.


Pls also obtain your brother's support -- you told me that your
brother is a general of Brazilian Air Force and works in the
policy division.

(c) Workshop/Conference for South American Group;

Once you initiate the establishment of broadband digital satellite
Internet in Manaus and/or Porto Velho, it can easily and quickly spread
to the members of Association of Amazonian Universities (UNAMAZ)
covering Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Amazonia, Venezuela, Colombia,
Suriname, Guyana, Brazil -- I think that most of them are under the
footprint of the BRAZILSAT of SIVAM.

The collaboration with them is absolutely necessary, since the satellite
transponder cost is high and need to be cost-shared as soon as possible
with those members.

Looking for this future, you may start considering to hold a
workshop/conference as the follow-up to our Tampere event, but focusing
on Latin American operation.

Robert J. Rodrigues has already offered us his office in the fall of
next year. Should you agree to have your conference there, pls contact
him ASAP, so that you can start raising funds for your organization and
administration and travel expenses of attendees.

Since Robert often visits Brazil (he is a Brazilian), you may have a
small mtg/workshop in the very near future somewhere in Brazil with him
and the people of ministries of education and health, and the members of
UNAMAZ, to plan the workshop/conference at Robert's PAHO office next

(3) Dear Jeff F. Addicott:

I hope you are now having a very successful workshop (August 30 to
September 1) for the Colombian military personnels in Bogota on your
human right program.

When you took Myron and me to Bogota last month, you indicated us your
desire to continue your program with distance learning approach. For
this, you arranged a travel fund for your supervisor, Colonel Guy
Roberts, to attend our Tampere event. He then consulted your US Army
Signal Corp people to attend it. According to him, their reply was that
the cost of T1 (1.5 Mbps) line to Bogota is US$40,000/month which is too
expensive so that they decided not to attend our Tampere event.

I am sorry to say that they missed fantastic demonstrations how to
utilize narrow band, say 33.4 or 56 Kbps, Internet for effective
distance learning with audio- and/or video-conferencings at low (or
almost none) cost, how to build attractive web teaching materials --
even with fly-by or walk-through approach, how to squeeze out satellite
segment to have 384 Kbps ISDN line for non-profit use, etc.

(a) For your second workshop in November (or December), I would
suggest you followings;

1. PictureTel videoconferencing via ISDN line from your office
in Miami and/or Jaggs School of Law at the University of

Mr. George P. Cole and Jaggs School have the equipment.

For Bogota side, pls see ATTACHMENT V below which was kindly surveyed by
Fernando Garcâa in Bogota.

Dear Fernando Garcâa:

Many thanks for your msg -- but sorry to say that Mr. Roger Rojas'
email address at <rrojas@impsat@net.co> must have some error. Pls
let me know his correct address. Thanks in advance.

If you can arrange them in Bogota, you can connect with Mr. Cole in your
office in Miami and Jaggs School through terrestrial ISDN line for two-way interactive videoconferencing.

You need to negotiate the rental of the PictureTel units with them. If
you want to have smooth video at 384 Kbps line, its cost is about 6
times of ordinary overseas telephone call from Miami to Bogota.

Although one-way, you may also ask a help of WorldNet of the US
Information Agency in Washington, D.C., and receive Bogota people's
audio feedback via ordinary telephone. Namely, PictureTel in Miami
and/or Jaggs School will hook up with the one at the WorldNet, and have
them convert it to an analog video to uplink to their INTELSAT satellite
which can be downlinked by the people at the US Embassy in Bogota. In
parallel, you may also accompany with your web to be retrieved at Bogota
workshop site which is then projected to a large screen, side-by-side to
the video received from the satellite. This approach does not require
PictureTel unit in Bogota and may further save your cost. This scheme
will be the most straight forward approach with the use of currently
available, often used equipment and procedures.

When the transcript of presentations from Miami and/or Jaggs School are
available, they may be sent to Bogota before-hand and translated into
Spanish so that an interpreter can read them in Spanish through a
speaker to large audiences -- see further on this translation issue
below about Bill Klemm's msg in ATTACHMENT IV.

2. Videoconferencing via narrow band Internet;

Mr. Charles Fox, Director of the WORLDNET Television and Film Service,
was one of panelists of our 1995 Global Lecture Hall (GLH)"
videoconferencing. I once visited him if the WorldNet would apply
ShareVision via a voice grade narrow band on its satellite. It was a
superb desktop videoconferencing system with whiteboard, albeit only for
point-to-point system. I used it very effectively between my workshop
in Florianopolis, Brazil and the UNESCO headquarters in Paris with a
portable antenna via INMARSAT. I was sorry that the ShareVision was
discontinued by its manufacturer since then.

Mr. Schmidt at the US Embassy in Bogota told me that Ms. Amalia Bernal
was experimenting the use of videoconferencing via WorldNet/Internet
with 56 Kbps modem. On the other hand, Mr. George P. Cole in your Miami
office was also preparing to equip his PC with videoconferencing
capability. I would then like to suggest that Ms. Bernal and Mr. Cole
test the use of NetMeeting of Microsoft (which is available free of
charge at Microsoft's web site), as Roger Boston's fantastic
demonstration of its use during our Tampere event. This
videoconferencing can easily accompany with the use of PowerPoint for
your excellent and interesting pictures and diagrams which can be stored
in your web.

(b) For future after the second workshop;

You also indicated your desire to spread your program to field soldiers
in various locations around Colombia with the use of distance learning

For this, we need to make further investigation on the availability of
various telecommunications, preferably by wireless and microwave which
were well described by several speakers during our Tampere event.

We may also inquire WorldNet if they would be willing to apply Norman
Okamura's technique to squeeze bandwidth to have 384 Kbps ISDN line on
their INTELSAT satellite so that the US Embassy in Bogota can have
PictureTel videoconferencing system -- which Mr. Schmidt indicated his

We made a successful PictureTel videoconferencing with American
Samoa, U. of Hawaii, Maui Research and Technology Center, and
Burns Telecommunication Center at Montana State University/Bozeman
several month ago. The link between American Samoa and the U. of
Hawaii was the 384 Kbps ISDN line which Norman devised before on
the INTELSAT satellite over the Pacific.

Since UNAMAZ (mentioned above) include Colombia, you may also join in
their effort with educational and medical communities in Colombia.

(c) A mtg in Washington D.C.;

Anyway, I would like to suggest that we should have a mtg in D.C. with
USIA and WorldNet people. Should you agree, pls let me know as soon as
you come back from Bogota.

(4) Dear Bill Klemm:


Many thanks for your msg.

Robert J. Rodrigues once told at a conference of his poor experience
with machine translation.

However, The New York Times web site recently announced their
translation service free of charge so that any articles there can be
read in various languages. Translation algorithm software must have
been substantially improved with the use of artificial intelligence.

Since I noticed not many people in Bogota speak English during my trip
there last month, I will ask your idea to our Latin American colleagues
when they will be ready for their budgeting.

Meanwhile, your previous msg told me that your Forum conferencing system
is now ready for any platform -- remember, I am an ardent user of Mac.
I was sorry I could not use your Forum since I was so busy for our
Tampere event. However, if this is the case I may try it for our Tokyo
conference. Pls let me know.

Best, Tak

Date: Thu, 12 Aug 1999 02:26:04 -0700 (PDT)
From: Alex Rivas <remoto1@yahoo.com>
Subject: Latin American initiative
To: utsumi@columbia.edu
Cc: mardias@club-internet.fr

Dr. Utsumi,

Bellow you will find the text - ATTACHMENT I - to be included in the
final report of the EGEDL'99. Since Dr. Dias have not read it yet, I
would suggest you to wait for his comments and modification.

Please, do not reply to this temporary e-mail address. Use my address
in Brazil - alex_mau@argo.com.br

Thanks Alex

=================ATTACHMENT I ========================


Dr. Marco Antonio Dias
Former Director of the Division of Higher Education ▀ UNESCO

Dr. Alexandre Rivas
Universidade do Amazonas
Fundacao Getuli Vargas/ISAE

In Latin America, initiatives to a broadband connection among its
countries will start by Amazonia. The city of Manaus in the State of
Amazonas in Brazil will be the irradiating point. Manaus has an
important geographical position because it is located in the very heart
of the Amazon region. In October of 1998, Fundacao Getulio Vargas
(FGV/ISAE), Fundacao Rede Amazonica de Televisao (FRA) and GLOSAS/USA
with support from the University of Amazonas organized an
International Demonstrative Conference on New Technologies for
eletronic distance learning. The conference put together five countries
through the Internet, ordinary telephone and video tapes. The
conference was broadcasted to South America and to the rest of the
world via Amazonsat (TV and Internet ▀ www.amazonsat.com.br).

A second and very important point that qualifies the region as the
starting point for this initiative is that in the late 1980s was
created a consortium of universities from Amazonia called UNAMAZ. The
consortium had the objective to promote the integration of the
universities and foster development in the international Amazonia
region. UNAMAZ created the information system from Amazonia (SIAMAZ).
The system had the objective to generate and systemize information and
to promote networking among the universities. During the first seven
years of its creation UNAMAZ was very active and significantly moved
towards its objectives. However, in the last 3-4 years the
consortium slowed down its pace due to some factors, among them, lack
of financial resources. Despite the problems faced recently, UNAMAZ has
the necessary resources, particularly human resources, to support the
development of the proposed initiative. In addition to UNAMAZ other
institutions like FGV/ISAE, FRA and SIVAM will continue their
participation and other may join later.

Efforts to establish a broadband connection among Latin American
countries is the first step to a North/South America and global
connection. The establishment of such broadband connection in South
Amercia will have the main objective to facilitate and promote studies
in environmental sciences and to contribute to the improvement of
health care provision linking public and university hospitals. This
iniative will also give the opportinuity for schools, especially
primary and secondary schools, to gain access to the Internet.

Date: Thu, 12 Aug 1999 22:30:08 +0200
From: Marco Antonio Dias <mardias@club-internet.fr>
To: alex_mau@argo.com.br, Utsumi@columbia.edu
Subject: Latinamerica initiative

Dear Dr. Utsumi,

agree with the proposal presented by dr. Alexandre Rivas concerning
the latinamerica initiative. The proposal convers the basic elements for
a concerted action in Amazonia Region, benefiting 8 countries (Bolivia,
Peru, Ecuador, Amazonia, Venezuela, Colombia, Suriname, Guyana, Brazil)
and intends to involve a powerful existing network, the UNAMAZ - the
Association of Amazonian Universities. I fully support the proposal and
consider that immediate steps should be taken to transfor it into an
operational project. Best wishes. Marco Antonio R. Dias

Date: Sun, 22 Aug 1999 20:27:39 -0400 (EDT)
From: Keijiy <keijiy@infolink.com.br>
To: utsumi@www.friends-partners.org
Subject: Re: Test msg

Doctor Takeshi.
How are you ? Fine, I had/have forward your messages to my colleague:
Paulo Coury (pcoury@saude.gov.br). He is a medical doctor, and is
interested in Telemedicine, more directly. He work in the same
Secretariate of Health /Ministry of Health- Brasil, but in other site in

Best Regards, Keiji

Note: In future, please, send yours messages to Paulo Coury,
because I will go to work in other area (payment and quality
assurance in medical services). But, if you have some problems in
the mail of Paulo Coury, send a message for me. Bye

Date: Wed, 25 Aug 1999 10:44:19 -0400 (EDT)
From: "William Klemm" <WKLEMM@cvm.tamu.edu>
To: utsumi@www.friends-partners.org
Subject: Re: Tampere event/Report #1


Congratulations on such a successful meeting. You have brought the group a
long way.

In your note, you said that the group wanted to develop infrastructure in
latin America. FORUM has a project it would like to pursue that would tie
into that, but we are still looking for development funding. Here is the

What we propose to do is to create the first asynchronous Internet
conferencing system that is hypertext-based and has an automated language
translator. This new conferencing system will be integrated with commercially
available translation software for English-Spanish/Spanish-English. Exploiting
the power of a Internet-based program like Forum98 depends on resolving the
issues of support for multiple languages. Language incompatibilities
interfere with discussions and group work by International participants. We
propose a solution to the language incompatibility problem by integrating
language translation software. In operation, a given user would click on a
button to tell the system what his or her default language is. Everything
that person reads or writes is then performed in that default language. Any
annotations or new documents created by that person are automatically
translated into the other language. In short, all documents and annotations
are stored in both languages.

It is just a short extension to move to other languages. What do you think?


W. R. (Bill) Klemm, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Professor of Neuroscience
Dept. VAPH, Mail Stop 4458
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-4458
Phone: 409-845-4201
Web sites:

From: "Garcia, Fernando" <Fernando.Garcia@wang.com>
To: "'utsumi@columbia.edu'" <utsumi@columbia.edu>
Date: Wed, 25 Aug 1999 15:00:02 -0400

Mr. utsumi,

Regarding the video conference for November, you can contact directly Mr.
Roger Rojas at rrojas@impsat@net.co , he can guide you with this services,
also you or your colleagues here can contact the hotel: Casa Dann Cartlon
Bogota, they have this kind of services.


Fernando Garcâa R.
Projects Engineer
Wang Global
mailto: fernando.garcia@wang.com
Tel : (571) 638-1836
Fax: (571) 638-1830
List of Distribution

Alexandre Rivas, Ph.D.
Professor Adjunto
Univesidade do Amazonas
Departamento de Economia e An­lise
C.P. 4208
CEP. 69053-140
Manaus - AM - Brasil
Tel.: (092) 234.6591

Dr. Marco Antonio R. Dias
Former Director, Division of Higher Education
36, Rue Eruest RENAN
92-190 MEVDON
Tel/Fax: +33-1-45-34-3509

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
Fax: 202-974-3614
NetMeeting Server: ils.paho.org

Mr. Edison Keiji Yamamoto
Secretaria de Assistencia a Saude
Ministerio da Saude
Esplanada dos Ministerios - Bloco G - sala 701
Brasilia - D. F.
BRASIL 70058-900
Fax: +55-61-225-0054

Paulo Coury
Secretariate of Health
Ministry of Health
Brasilia, Brasil

Col. Ademar M. Galvao Filho
Commanding Officer
600 West Cummings Park, Suite 4300
Woburn, MA 01801
Fax: 781-756-0101
http://www.sivam.gov.br/ (in Portuguese)

Dr. Nelson Fraiji
Av. Efigenio Sales Conj. Itaoca 12
Parque 10
Manaus, Amazonas
CEP 65057-050

Professor Dr. Miguel Nenev
Vice Dean
Professor of Literature
University of Rondonia
Porto Velho, Rondonia
Tel: 069-227-2862

Jorge Elarrat
Gerente do Escritorio de Servicos
EMBRATEL/Porto Velho
Av. Calama, 3775
78905-230 Porto Velho - RO
Fax: +55-069-216-8236

Lia Marques Bellesi
Secretaria Executiva
Association of Amazonian Universities (UNAMAZ)
Caixa Postal 558
Belem, Para
BRAZIL 66.075.900
Fax: +55-91-224-2055

Mr. Albano Gomes (Fax: +55-91-224-2055)
Association of Amazonian Universities (UNAMAZ)
Caixa Postal 558
Belem, Para
BRAZIL 66.075.900

W. R. (Bill) Klemm, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Professor of Neuroscience
Dept. VAPH, Mail Stop 4458
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-4458
Forum Enterprises, Inc.
9001 Grassburr Road
P.O. Box 5755
Bryan, TX 77805-5755
409-589-2665 (home)
FAX: 409-847-8981
http://www.cvm.tamu.edu/wklemm -- resume and slide show of 8/19/98.
Demos & literature available at our WWW site:
http://cvm.tamu.edu/~vaph/klemm/resume.html -- photo of Dr. Klemm
www.cvm.tamu.edu/wklemm/contents.htm -- white-paper
http://www.foruminc.com/forum98.show/ss_ind.html -- slide show

Fernando Garcâa
Projects Engineer
Wang Global
Tel: 638-1836
Fax: 638-1830

Lieutenant Colonel Jeff F. Addicott
Attoney at Law
Deputy Staff Judge Advocate
United States Army Southern Command
3511 NW 91st Avenue
Miami, FL 33172-1217
Fax: 305-437-1320

George P. Cole, Sr.
Director of Support Division
2400 NW 92nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33172
Fax: 305-716-9740

Mr. Myron Nordquist
Legislative Counsel
U.S. Senator Conrad Burns' Office
187 Dirksen Senate Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-2603
Fax: 202-224-8594
Cell: 301-646-8153
804-924-7573 -- at the U. of VA.
Fax: 804-982-2622 -- at the U. of VA.

Sam Westgate, Ph.D.
Interim Director
Office of Policy and Evaluation (E/Z)
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
United States Information Agency
301 4th St. SW, Rm. 357
Washington, DC 20547
202-619-5307 (Assistant)
Fax: 202-260-6472
sam westgate@compuserve.com

Robert C. Schmidt
Agregado de Prensa
Embajada de los Estados Unidos
Santa Fe de Bogota
+57-1-315-0811 X 2496
Direct: 315-2194
Fax: +57-1-315-2208

Ms. Amalia Bernal
Embajada de los Estados Unidos
Santa Fe de Bogota
Fax: +57-1-315-2208

Mr. Charles Fox
WORLDNET Television and Film Service
U.S. Information Agency
601 D Street, N.W., Room 5000
Washington, D.C. 20547
Fax: 202-501-6664

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