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May 3, 2008

Mtg: Internet – The Coming Perfect Storm

by @ 2:34 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Engineering Mgmt

SF Communications Chapter
Speaker: Tim Posar, V.P.and Co-Founder, United Layer
Time: Complimentary pizza/salad/desert dinner at 6:30 PM
Cost: none
Place: The California Public Utilities Commission, 505 Van Ness Ave (use Golden Gate entrance), San Francisco (free parking meters west of Van Ness after 6:00 PM)
RSVP: please email to Michael Butler, so we have a correct count for the food

The Internet is running into a perfect storm that is based in the current economics and running out of various resources.? Internet Service Providers are starting to encounter these issues now, and they will be peaking in the next couple of years.? ? Mr. Pozar will cover four significant issues that are facing Internet Service Providers and customers of ISPs such as IPv4, backbone hardware upgrades and the financials.
Tim Pozar is a telecommunications consultant specializing in network and wireless engineering for government and commercial applications.
He was an early entrepreneur and developer in the Internet startup area.? He co-founded a number of companies such as TLGnet (San Francisco’s first ISP), Brightmail (first commercial anti-spam company), Omniva (digital rights management) and UnitedLayer (colo and ISP).? Previous to this for 26 years, Mr. Pozar was a radio broadcast engineer for commercial and non-commercial radio stations.? Mr. Pozar is active in community wireless networking.? As such he is a co-founder of the Bay Area Wireless User Group.? Pozar is also leading an effort, called Bay Area Research Wireless Network (BARWN), to study the issues (such as scaling, sustainability, etc) of deploying wireless high speed Internet access for urban and rural settings to address digital divide issues.? The BARWN network is currently working with the City of San Francisco to deploy backbone and last mile to the City’s housing developments. The infrastructure is based on very low-cost unlicensed equipment.

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