<<November 30, 2000>>
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James R. Sheats <sheats@hpl.hp.com>

Dennis McGavis <dennis_muscato@hp.com>

Marcos Costa <marcos_costa@agilent.com>

Mariangela Paris <Mariangela_Paris@agilent.com>

Alexandre Tunes <alexandre_tunes@agilent.com>

Rogerio Micheletto <rogerio_micheletto@agilent.com>

Mariana Tolovi <mariana_tolovi@agilent.com>

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

Dear Jim:

(1) Many thanks for your msg (ATTACHMENT I) with your willingness to work with our projects.

(2) Thanks to extraordinary leadership of Alex Rivas, we conducted our
highly successful mini-workshop on Technology and Distance Education
for Sustainable Development of the Amazonia" which was held in Manaus,
Amazona, Brazil from May 31st to June 2nd, 2000.

Pls see "Brief report about our Manaus mini-workshop, 5/31-6/2 - June 4, 2000" at


(3) During this workshop, Marcos Costa, Presidente of Agilent Technologies
Brasil Ltda, made his excellent presentation, including LINCOS.

His assistant, Mariangela Paris, then informed me of your address --
that was how I started contacting you.

(4) Marcos also kindly arranged a fully equipped echocardiogram, SONOS 5500, shipped from the US.

With this, we had a superb telemedicine demonstration of a collaborative
medical care in global scale.

A doctor in Manaus brought a real patient. We then sent his
echocardiogram to a doctor at the University of Michigan. The patient's
disease was happened to be the very issue this doctor was specialized,
even with grants for further research which he recently received from
the US National Institute of Health (NIH). Both doctors agreed to treat
the patient collaboratively.

The echocardiogram video was sent via ISDN (384 Kbps) line, albeit with
many difficulties for its setting up, from the studio of AMAZONSAT TV (a
major TV station and Internet Service Provider in Manaus) to the office
of EMBRATEL in Manaus via microwave, and then from the EMBRATEL/Manaus
to EMBRATEL/Sao Paulo (or Rio de Janeiro) via satellite, and then to
Mexico City via undersea cable/land-line, and then to the University of
Michigan via land-line.

(5) Alex is now preparing a grant application which is to be submitted to
the InfoDev of the World Bank. This application is to conduct a
workshop in Manaus for feasibility study and market survey of deploying
a global broadband Internet for community development.

Pls see its outline diagram at http://www.friends-partners.org/GLOSAS/Tampere_Conference/Global_Broadband_Internet/Global_Broadband_Diagram.html

(6) Alex plans to include some budget for setting up linkages among K-12,
hospitals and libraries in Manaus with spread spectrum wireless
technology as depicted in the diagram.

Although the linkage between the US and Manaus was depicted at 45 Mbps
in the diagram, it can be, say, 4 Mbps at the start with a few hundred
dollars per month lease fee.

(7) I then would like to respectfully inquire if you would be interested and
willing to participate in this project in Manaus.

Once there is a broadband Internet between Manaus and the US, it can be
used for telemedicine as mentioned above -- at much less costs than
ISDN, in addition to various usages of multimedia web teaching materials
and clear audio via Internet telephony.

We also hope that the nodes of the spread spectrum wireless in Manaus
will become relay points of wireless notebooks so that Education for
All" (the motto of UNESCO) can be realized from anywhere and anytime.

(8) Since Alex plans to complete his application by the middle of January,
we would greatly appreciate if you can respond to me at your earliest convenience.

We have a high expectation to this application as a pilot project
of our Global Service Trust Fund (GSTF) project -- about which we
made a highly successful presentation at the InfoDev of the World
Bank on October 19th.

See about this GSTF at Reference web sites" at http://www.friends-partners.org/GLOSAS/Global_University/Global%20University%20System/Reference_web_sites.html

Best, Tak

From: James Sheats <sheats@hpldr2.hpl.hp.com>
Subject: Re: LINCOS and your project
To: utsumi@columbia.edu
Date: Thu, 23 Nov 2000 2:54:22 PST
Cc: sheats@hpl.hp.com (James Sheats), dennis_muscato@hp.com

Hello Tak,

It has been quite some time, and still I seem to be buried! Nevertheless
now is the time to take a few minutes to reply to your earlier messages.

As you may have noticed, HP announced last month its World e-Inclusion
Initiative (http://www.hp.com/e-inclusion, directly linked from HP home page),
which is a very aggressive plan that builds on but goes far beyond the
LINCOS project from which it arose.

One aspect of the Initiative is still the proliferation of telecenters,
together with a program of content and service provision that make them
valuable (where "value" is defined from both a human fulfillment and a
financial revenue viewpoint). We are now working very hard on implementing
a business plan for them. As e-health and e-learning are important
services which meet these criteria of value, I think exploration of ways
to work with you and your friends would be very desirable.

The satellite delivery company I mentioned (Tachyon, http://www.tachyon.net)
is still a candidate, but there are others we are talking to quite
actively. The price of a few hundred dollars per month for something
around 1 Mb or more seems to be a reasonable goal. Today the government
of Costa Rica offers 4 Mb for this price for the LINCOS units there. Of
course, government license fees in other countries are often the problem,
rather than the fee to the satellite delivery company. Nevertheless we
are seeing a lot of progress. In Bolivia EcoSage has gotten $150/mo.;
though that is subsidized, they expect that $300 will be a general figure.
OnSat also has a program in Honduras (see OnSat website at http://www.onsat.com).

Dennis McGavis is a member of our group who is primarily coordinating
our e-health activities and also e-learning, so I have copied him on this message.

With best regards,


> Date: Wed, 06 Sep 2000 20:58:59 -0400
> From: utsumi <utsumi@columbia.edu>
> Reply-To: utsumi@columbia.edu
> To: James Sheats <sheats@hpldr2.hpl.hp.com>
> CC: James Sheats <sheats@hpl.hp.com>
> Subject: Re: LINCOS and your project
> Dear Jim:
> (1) Many thanks for your msg -- I was just thinking to email you.
> (2) Your project is very interesting and can go along with our project very
> well, since we have many counterparts around the world to set up broadband
> wireless and satellite Internet -- particularly in Amazon area countries.
> Incidentally, I took the liberty of citing your LINCOS project in
> our web -- see in List of Activities/Projects/Conferences/2000/May.
> (3) If you find time, pls visit
> "Global University System" for The 14th Annual Conference of The Asian
> Association of Open Universities at The University of Philippines/Open
> University, Manila, Philippines 25-27 October 2000
> at
> http://www.friends-partners.org/GLOSAS/Manila%20Workshop/GUS_Paper/Manila_conf_10-00/GUS_Paper_Manila_conf.html
> (4) You can find relevant web sites of our projects, if you click "Reference
> web sites:" in its contents (or at
> http://www.friends-partners.org/GLOSAS/Global_University/Global%20University%20System/Reference_web_sites.html
> (5) I would like to know from you the rate schedules of Internet digital
> satellite company in San Diego -- you mentioned $300/month for 4 Mbps during
> our last phone conversation. We may find many users for their service.
> How much is the total cost of a van equipped with all the electronic gears?
> (6) I will take the liberty of admitting you into our listserve so that you
> will be kept updated with our daily progress -- pls feel free to discard them
> if some are not relevant to your project.
> Looking forward to hearing from you soon,
> Best, Tak
> *****************
> James Sheats wrote:
> > Dear Mr. Utsumi,
> >
> > I am very sorry not to have responded till now. Even now I am buried
> > with issues requiring immediate attention. However, I do appreciate very
> > much the email you sent, and intend to follow up on it just as soon as I
> > can. Again I apologize for not being able to do so quite as soon as would
> > be desired.
> >
> > With best regards,
> > Jim
> > --
> > James R. Sheats Tel. 650-857-5987
> > Program Manager, World E-services Fax 650-813-3152
> > Hewlett-Packard Co. sheats@hpl.hp.com
> > 1501 Page Mill Road
> > Palo Alto, CA 94304
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James R. Sheats
Program Manager, World E-services
Hewlett-Packard Co.
1501 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Tel. 650-857-5987
Fax 650-813-3152

Dennis McGavis

Marcos Costa
Agilent Technologies Brasil Ltda.
Alameda Araguaia, 1142 - 2 Andar
06455-000 - Barueri - SP - Brasil
Fax: +55-11-7297-3793

Mariangela Paris

Alexandre Tunes
Director, International Business Development
Agilent Technologies Brasil Ltda.
SCN Qd 2 - Bl. A - Ed. Corporate
Finan. Center - 5 Andar - Sl. 33
70712-900 - Brasilia -DF - Brazil
Fax: +55-61-329-6199
Cel: +55-61-9965-3545

Rogerio Micheletto
Agilent Technologies in Brazil

Mariana Tolovi
Agilent Technologies in Brazil

Alexandre Rivas, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor
Director of the Center for Environmental Sciences
University of Amazonas - Brazil
C.P. 4208, Manaus 69053-140
+55-92-644 23 22
Fax: +55-92-644 23 84
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