<<May 18, 2000>>

Marlee R. Norton <mnorton@ntca.org>

Peter T. Knight <ptknight@attglobal.net>

Mr. Jim Miller <jimmsl@aol.com>

John L. Mack <jlmack@erols.com>

Professor Seth G. Neugroschl <SN23@cunixf.cc.columbia.edu>

Ben Hindley <ab367@sfn.saskatoon.sk.ca>

Mr. Eugene Robkin <erobkin@uwcmail.uwc.edu>

Dr. Parker Rossman <grossman@coin.org>

Dear Electronic Colleagues:

(1)  ATTACHMENT I is the list of our previous listserve distributions on
     "Rescue Iridium" project.

(2)  We will have a workshop on this subject.

     (a)  Date:          June 20 (Tuesday), 2000

     (b)  Time:          from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

     (c)  Location: National Telephone Cooperative Association
                    4121 Wilson Boulevard, 10th Floor
                    Arlington, VA. 22203
                    Tel: 703-351-2007
                    Fax: 703-351-2027
                    (across the street from Ballston Mall and 2 blocks
                    from Ballston Metro Station)

     (d)  Agenda:

          1.   Brief description on Global University System project

                    Takeshi Utsumi, Ph.D. (confirmed)
                    V.P. for Technology and Coordination
                    Global University System

          2.   Brief description on Global Service Trust Fund (GSTF)

                    Peter T. Knight, Ph.D. (confirmed)
                    Knight, Moore

          3.   Possible use of Iridium for narrow-band Internet uplinking
               (ATTACHMENT III)

                    Jim Miller (not confirmed yet)
                    Synectics, Ltd.

          4.   Possible use of WorldSpace satellite for broadband
               downlinking (ATTACHMENT IV)

                    John Mack (confirmed)
                    John L. Mack & Associates

          5.   Brainstorming on technicalities for the Internet use of Iridium

          6.   Brainstorming on legalities

          7.   Brainstorming on fund raising (ATTACHMENT VI)

          8.   Brainstorming on next step.

     (e)  Purpose:

          To brainstorm the feasibility of utilizing Iridium for Internet
          access, as inexpensively uplinking to it (as Jim Miller proposed)
          and then utilizing Worldspace satellite for broadband downlinking
          (as John Mack proposed).

     (f)  Available equipment:

          1.   Conference room with 80 to 100 seating,

          2.   Overhead projector,

          3.   PC to access web via T1 (1.5 Mbps) line,

          4.   Flip chart.

(3)  Should you wish to attend this workshop, pls send me your full name,
     affiliation, phone/fax and email address by June 12th.

Dear John Mack:

(4)  Pls make sure to bring the VP of Iridium who is your friend, as
     mentioned to me over the phone the other day.

Dear Seth:

(5)  Pls request the attendance of your friend who is a former board member of Motorola.

Dear Marlee:

(6)  Many thanks for your msg (ATTACHMENT II).

Dear Ben:

(7)  Many thanks for your msg (ATTACHMENT V).

Dear Eugene:

(8)  Many thanks for your msg (ATTACHMENT VI).

Dear Parker:

(9)  Many thanks for your msg (ATTACHMENT VII).

Best, Tak
                          ATTACHMENT I

              Previous listserve distributions on
                    "Rescue Iridium" project

1.   Inquiry on the date of workshop for "Rescue Iridium" project - May 12, 2000

2.   $2+ billion fund for Education by the World Bank - May 3, 2000,

3.   Rescue of Iridium's 66 satellites at $5 billion (Part IV / Responses) - April 21, 2000,

4.   Rescue of Iridium's 66 satellites at $5 billion (Part III / Responses) - April 15, 2000,

5.   Rescue of Iridium's 66 satellites at $5 billion (Part II / Responses) - April 8, 2000,

6.   Rescue of Iridium's 66 satellites at $5 billion - April 5, 2000.
                         ATTACHMENT II

Date: Wed, 17 May 2000 09:16:29 -0400
From: "Marlee R. Norton" <mnorton@ntca.org>
To: utsumi@friends-partners.org
Subject: Inquiry on the date of workshop for "Rescue Iridium" project

Dear Mr. Utsumi:

First, apologies for not replying more quickly.

John had mentioned you all needed a place to meet and that no one was willing
to offer space. We have a perfectly good conference center and, since I think
the world of John, had no problem suggesting you all could use it. We can
accommodate up to 80 comfortably, 100 tightly.

I would suggest, if I may, June 19, 20 or 21, as I'd would like to sit in and
expect to be leaving for South Africa around the 23rd. I believe some of our
Business and Technology Division folks might also wish to attend. However, if
this does not fit with your schedule, please feel free to suggest an
alternate, preferential date.

I am familar with the concept of the Global Service Trust Fund, as I have
followed Mr. Knight's postings on this issue to the World Bank's Global
Knowledge Partnership listserve. (NTCA is a founding member of the GKP).

We are located at 4121 Wilson Blvd., 10th Floor, Arlington, VA. Just across
the street from Ballston Mall and 2 blocks from Metro.  My direct line is 703 351 2007.

With best wishes,
                         ATTACHMENT III

From: JIMMSL@aol.com
Date: Mon, 10 Apr 2000 16:05:19 EDT
Subject: Re: Rescue of Iridium's 66 satellites at $5 billion (Part II/Responses)
To: utsumi@columbia.edu
CC: Gary Garriott <garyg@vita.org>, Ben Hindley <ab367@sfn.saskatoon.sk.ca>,
     "D.K. Sachdev" <dsachdev@worldspace.com>, JIMMSL@aol.com, "Peter H.
     Rosen" <Peter@creativity.net>, David Josephson
     <david@josephson.com>,"Stephen G. Tom"
     <stephen_tom@email.msn.com>,"Prof. and Mrs. Edward C. DeLand"
     <edeland@anes.ucla.edu>, "Bruce P. Chadwick" <bchadwick@mindspring.com>,
     Rex Buddenberg <budden@nps.navy.mil>, Hans Kruse <hkruse1@ohiou.edu>,
     Edward Dodds <dodds@home.com>

Tak -
Another consideration for Iridium.

Ignore the telephony line side of the equation - The Iridium network uses a
carrier in the Ka bandidth to transmit between satellites to carry from one
gateway to another Trunks), then can use terrestial lines for the final link.
There are 11 gateways in major countries around the world.

Depending on the Ka technology in the downlink, it is possible that an
inexpensive gateway can be developed in remote areas, providing the higher
carrier bandwidth via this downlink, i.e., the trunk side of the circuit.
Demultiplexing/muxing a trunk is simpler than trying to manage the multiple
call paths on the line side of this network. This also eliminates the
expensive handset that the Iridium spec says may handle 2400 bps.  Ka antennas
are small >1Meter typically so this should be inexpensive and easily

The biggest issue is probably the lifetime of the constellation, unless it is
seen as a short term, early entry for Globestar or Teledesic - like systems,
but they have already reviewed this option.  For humanitaran use, it would be
tragic to get it started and then see it dissolve in 5 years.

Your discussion group has once again shown that there are definite
application needs in developing, under-served areas for bandwidth and
comnnectivity.  Keep up the good work.

Jim Miller
                         ATTACHMENT IV

Date: Wed, 12 Apr 2000 04:56:46 -0400
From: John Mack <jlmack@erols.com>
To: utsumi@friends-partners.org
Subject: Re: Rescue of Iridium's 66 satellites at $5 billion (Part II/Responses)


Just prior to Iridium's demise, I had initiated talks between Iridium
and WorldSpace (my former employer), to combine their systems to provide
virtually global Internet.  The Iridium system would provide the thin
uplink and the Worldspace (WS) system the relatively fast downlink.
Utilizing the WS receiver (cost about $300) attached to a computer would
provide the ability to do telemedicine, distance education, etc., as
well as provide commercial possibilities for entities to have video
conferencing (15 frames/sec) virtually anywhere.  The humanitarian
aspects could be approached through the WS foundation
<www.worldspace.org> with income from the commercial side
<www.worldspace.com> offsetting some (all?) of the operational costs.
Since Iridium collapsed I don't know where these talks ended but it
might be worth exploring the technological feasibility of such an
approach for VITA's mission as well as the mission of others who have
shown interest.

                          ATTACHMENT V

Date: Fri, 12 May 2000 21:05:01 -0600 (CST)
From: Ben Hindley <ab367@sfn.saskatoon.sk.ca>
To: Tak Utsumi <utsumi@friends-partners.org>
cc: Multiple recipients of list GU-L <gu-l@friends-partners.org>
Subject: Re: Inquiry on the date of workshop for "Rescue Iridium" project

To Everyone:

An e-mail that I sent to Marlee R. Norton:


I would love to join the one-day workshop on
Rescue Iridium" at your office, with about two dozen attendees.

If I can not make it would it be possible that we set up e-mail
communications of some kind on that day. This way if I can not make it
than I still can be involved.

I think that there is a GREAT potetial  in the Rescue of the IRIDIUM
satellities and I wish to help in any way.

Please e-mail me back if this is possible.

Waiting for your reply

Ben Hindley
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Web-site: http://www.ictaccesssforall.com
                         ATTACHMENT VI

From: erobkin@uwc.edu
To: utsumi@friends-partners.org
Subject: Rescue of the Irridium Sattelites - A proposal
Date: Sat, 13 May 2000 08:30:53 -0500

Dear Dr. Utsumi:

I am on your distribution list for GLOSAS and I have been following the
Irridium discussion with considerable interest.  I have the following suggestion:

Raising the consciousness of the politicians about this will be very slow.
To me the best approach is to raise the inerests of the potential users.

This requires a couple of steps.  First, the end use of the sattelites for
educational purposes, especially by children in the developed part of the
the world, must be very clearly articulated.  Second, a publicity campaign
that appeals to the educators and parents of those children as well as to
the children must be developed over the summer.  Third, the campaign should
begin just before the start of the new school year in the fall and continue
on at least for the year.

If you can raise that interest high enough then the political pressure that
comes from the bottom up is extremely strong.  It is important that the
children and their schools contribute funds to this so that they develop a
sense of ownership in the final system.  The actual monetary amounts are not significant.

If you are not aware of the history of the March of Dimes polio campaign
from earlier in the 1950's then I am sure that someone on your staff can
explain it to you.  That is the model I'd use but your media consultants
might have a much better approach.

With that as the seed the governments can be pressured to act a lot sooner
than just trying to convince them that it is a good idea.  Properly
orchestrated bottom up pressure is amazingly effective.  Of course, all of
your other approaches to this should continue as well.

Respectfully yours,

Eugene Robkin, Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin College - Baraboo/Sauk County
                         ATTACHMENT VII

Date: Thu, 18 May 2000 06:34:56 -0500 (CDT)
From: G Parker Rossman <grossman@coin.org>
To: Tak utsumi <utsumi@columbia.edu>
Subject: [GKD] Satellite Link Creates 1st Public Health Channel for Africa (fwd)

Probably you know all about this but I forward it in case ....

Parker Rossman               grossman@coin.org
3 Lemmon Drive           author, EMERGING WORLDWIDE ELECTRONIC
Columbia MO 65201        UNIVERSITY (Praeger, 1993)Draft of sequel volume
                         RESEARCH ON CRISES is at address below:

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Wed, May 17, 2000 3:17 PM -0400
From: "Robin B. Parnes" <rbp@usa.healthnet.org>
Reply-To: gkd@phoenix.edc.org
To: gkd@phoenix.edc.org
Subject: [GKD] Satellite Link Creates 1st Public Health Channel for Africa

For Immediate Release

Lisa Slifer-Mbacke, WorldSpace Foundation
Tel:  202-861-2261

Tel:  617-926-9400


New Satellite Information Service Will Assist In Fight Against AIDS, Other Diseases In Africa

Washington, DC (May 17, 2000) - WorldSpace Foundation and SATELLIFE
announced today the launch of a new health service that will provide a
steady stream of material to assist medical professionals in Africa in
the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases that are ravaging
the continent.   This unique new service, called the Public Health
Channel, will overcome the barriers of poverty, geography, and
unreliable communications infrastructures to help stop the decimation
and maiming of Africa's population from such diseases as HIV/AIDS,
malaria, and tuberculosis.

   "WorldSpace Foundation is very pleased to join forces with SATELLIFE on
this important undertaking.  The ability to widely disseminate
information about the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS and other
diseases is the very reason the WorldSpace system was created," said
Gracia Hillman, WorldSpace Foundation president and CEO.  "After seeing
the effect of information scarcity on the AIDS epidemic in Africa,
WorldSpace founder Noah Samara became committed to creating a new form
of media for the sake of sharing life-saving knowledge with underserved
populations."  Noah Samara is currently the chairman and CEO of
WorldSpace Corporation and member of the Board of Directors of
WorldSpace Foundation.

"The goal of SATELLIFE's information services is to connect the health
practitioner in the developing world with a range of high-quality
information resources in a cost-effective manner, by making use of the
most affordable, efficient and appropriate technology," stated SATELLIFE
executive director, Holly Ladd.  "The Public Health Channel will employ
the technology of the WorldSpace system to exponentially increase the
amount of information health practitioners throughout Africa can access
- information that most health practitioners in the United States and
Europe take for granted."

The Public Health Channel will be launched in four countries: Zimbabwe,
Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia.  After an initial testing period, the
project will expand to other African countries as funding becomes
available.  "We are limited only by our resources," said Ms. Ladd.  "We
envision a time in the near future when the Public Health Channel is
available to every doctor and nurse throughout Africa, no matter how
remote their location."  WorldSpace receivers will be placed in
hospitals, medical schools, medical libraries, health clinics, health
ministries and research settings.

WorldSpace receivers provide crystal clear digital audio channels, and
can also serve as a modem, downloading text-based material and dynamic
images from the AfriStar¤ satellite directly to computers. The
WorldSpace system transcends the difficulties of unreliable telephone
systems at a fraction of the cost of most Internet-based projects.

"WorldSpace Foundation is the embodiment of the WorldSpace network's
commitment to social development and humanitarianism," said Ms.
Hillman.  "We work with NGOs and other humanitarian groups to bring
important, life-saving information to people who are disadvantaged by
poverty, rural location and the digital divide."

SATELLIFE is an international not-for-profit humanitarian organization
whose mission is to improve health by enhancing connectivity among
professionals in the field via electronic communications and exchanges
of information in the areas of public health, medicine, and the
environment. A special emphasis is placed on areas of the world where
poor communications, economic conditions, or natural disasters limit
access.  SATELLIFE produces two e-mail publications, HealthNet News and
HealthNet News-AIDS, which features copyrighted material with permission
>from 21 medical publishers, and includes distinguished journals as the
British Medical Journal, The Lancet and East African Medical Journal,
and others.  SATELLIFE also operates and maintains several global
electronic discussion groups on topics of relevance to the developing

WorldSpace Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created in
1997.  Headquartered in Washington, DC, its work encompasses Africa,
Asia-Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean. WorldSpace Foundation has
5% of the channel capacity on the three WorldSpace Corporation
satellites for non-commercial social development and distance learning programming.


Robin Brett Parnes, M.P.H.
Information Officer

30 California Street
Watertown, MA 02472 USA
Telephone: +617.926.9400
Fax: +617.926.1212
Email: rbp@usa.healthnet.org
                        ATTACHMENT VIII

Reference web sites:



2.   Tampere conference:


3.   Global University System:


4.   Global University System: Asia-Pacific Framework:


5.   Global broadband Internet networks:


6.   Global Service Trust Fund (GSTF):




7.   Manaus workshop:


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                      List of Distribution

Marlee R. Norton
Director of Program Development
National Telephone Cooperative Association
4121 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA. 22203
Tel: 703-351-2007
Fax: 703-351-2027
E-mail: mnorton@ntca.org
Website: www.ntca.org

Peter T. Knight
Knight, Moore - Telematics for Education and Development
Communications Development Incorporated (CDI)
Strategy, Policy, Design, Implementation, Evaluation
1808 I Street, NW, 7th Floor
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)
webmail: ptknight@netscape.net
IP for CU-SeeMe:
http://www.knight-moore.com/projects/GSTF.html -- about GSTF

Mr. Jim Miller
2 Nickerson Street, Suite 100
Seattle, WA 98109-1652
Mobile: 206-619-2144
Fax: 206-283-4538
Paging: 206-955-1036
ShareVision: 206-283-4538 (call 206-283-9420 first)
ISDN Equipped - 206-218-0027/8 (call 206-283-9420 first)
E-Rate SPIN - 143004591

John L. Mack, CEO
John L. Mack & Associates
International Telecommunications Investment Consultant
P.O. Box 567
Upper Marlboro, MD 20773-0567
Fax: 301-627-2188

Professor Seth G. Neugroschl
Co-chair Columbia University Seminar on Computers, Man and Society
Columbia University
1349 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10128

Ben Hindley
ICT Consultant, Distance Education Consultant
TeleMED International, Canada
H. Peace and K. Barn (ICT STORE) International Limited
201-502 Tait Crescent
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Canada, S7H 5L2
(306) 374-0346

Mr. Eugene Robkin
Assistant Professor
Department of Mathematics
United World College (UWC)
University of Wisconsin College
Baraboo, Sauk County

Dr. Parker Rossman
3 Lemmon Drive
Columbia MO 65201-5413
FAX: 314-876-5812 (emergency)
* Takeshi Utsumi, Ph.D., P.E., Chairman, GLOSAS/USA                  *
* (GLObal Systems Analysis and Simulation Association in the U.S.A.) *
* Laureate of Lord Perry Award for Excellence in Distance Education  *
* Founder of CAADE                                                   *
* (Consortium for Affordable and Accessible Distance Education)      *
* President Emeritus and V.P. for Technology and Coordination of     *
*   Global University System (GUS)                                   *
* 43-23 Colden Street, Flushing, NY 11355-3998, U.S.A.               *
* Tel: 718-939-0928; Fax: 718-939-0656 (day time only--prefer email) *
* Email: utsumi@columbia.edu;  Tax Exempt ID: 11-2999676             *
* http://www.friends-partners.org/GLOSAS/                            *

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