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Communities & Municipalities, Economic Development, Media & Communications
Jun 2017 BCoE Newsletter

It is safe to say that this Q2 of 2017 has been one of the more interseting periods of time in the broadband Internt space in our world.  I have been foucsed on these activities, particularly as they occur in Washington, D.C.  This edition of the newsletter provides a non -biased assessment of the pros and cons of the net neutrality rules put  in place by the previous administration with the intent of establishing a baseline for analysis of new rules that will soon be upon us.

Rouzbeh Yassini Jun 2017 BCoE, Rouzbeh Yassini, IEEE, Paul Nikolich
Communities & Municipalities, Economic Development, Education
May 2017 BCoE Newsletter

Welcome to our second newsletter and thanks to all who took the time to read and comment on our April issue. A lot is going on around broadband globally, and here is a brief glimpse of some key elements from our prespective.

Rouzbeh Yassini May 2017 BCoE, IEEE, Rouzbeh Yassini
Communities & Municipalities, Economic Development, Education
Apr 2017 Newsletter

Our first quarter of 2017 has contained some twists and turns, some in politics and others in industry, including within the broadband world.  As we touched upon in our February issue, connected cars remain a hot spot with Intel announcing in mid-March a deal to spend $15B TO BUY a company called Mobileye.  We, on the other hand,turn our eyes to new topics this month. 

Rouzbeh Yassini Apr 2017 Paul Nikolich, Rouzbeh Yassini, BCoE, IEEE
Communities & Municipalities, Economic Development, Education, Health
Mar 2017 BCoE Newsletter

"As patient needs increase and medical capabilities become more sophisticated and interactive, secure broadband connectivity requirements between remote locations continues to grow."

Rouzbeh Yassini Mar 2017 Rouzbeh Yassini, BCoE
Economic Development
FEB 2017 BCOE Newsletter


As you read in our UNH BCoE January newsletter, CES was a hotbed of interest in connected and autonomous cars. The IEEE and its 802 standards body that my colleague and IEEE Fellow Paul Nikolich chairs jump started these activities almost 4 years ago, and while I was at CES, he was working with engineers and colleagues from around the world to develop in-car networking standards.

Rouzbeh Yassini Feb 2017 Rouzbeh Yassini, Paul Nikolich, BCoE
Communities & Municipalities, Economic Development, Legislative
Dec 2016 BCoE Newsletter

This month as part of our newsletter, I thought I would provide you with a quick update on the FCC Incentive Auction as reviewed by my colleague Chris Grobicki.  This FCC auction has been a long and complicated process to repurpose valuable low-band spectrum originally used for analog TV broadcast for new services, most probably fixed and mobile broadband data.

Rouzbeh Yassini Dec 2016 BCoE, Rouzbeh Yassini, Chris Grobicki
Media & Communications
"...there's been an approximate 10% growth in number of Internet users over 2015..."

The ITU/UN issued its 2016 annual "State of Broadband" report in mid-September and it shows that the poorer the country, the more it lurches slowly forward, toward ganining universal broadband availability. ITU says 3.9 billion people will still be offline a the end of this year, but ITU also notes that there's been an approximate 10% growth in the number of Internet users over 2015, to 3.5B.

Rouzbeh Yassini Oct 2016 BCoE, Rouzbeh Yassini, broadband
Communities & Municipalities, Economic Development, Education, Health, Media & Communications
Rural telecom cooperatives are now using the same technologies they employed decades ago to get fiber into small rural areas

My attention in this last month of summer is drawn to health and broadband in rural America, where our fall agricultural harvest is about to beign.  One particular item that caught my interest was a new mapping servuce from the Federal Communications Commission that tracks broadband access and health.

Rouzbeh Yassini Sep 2016 BCoE, Rouzbeh Yassin
Economic Development, Education
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BCoE Sep 2016 BCoE
Communities & Municipalities, Economic Development, Media & Communications
August 2016 Newsletter

I saw some good news last month coming our of hte Federal Communications Commission in Washington, D.C. The Commission has agreed to set aside bandwidth for 5G techonology.  My colleague Paul Nikolich has more to say about 5G based on IEEE 802 meetings he chaired last week.  And, closer to home, we have a report on broadband in Coos County, N.H., from colleagures withing UNH's New Hampshire Broadband Mapping and Planning Programming.  I believe that progress is being made, but more work is needed.

Rouzbeh Yassini Aug 2016 Rouzbeh Yassini, Paul Nikolich, BCoE
Communities & Municipalities, Economic Development, Media & Communications
Research "Mapping the Urban Unconnected"

This report presents the findings of research conducted by Maravedis on behalf of the Wireless Broadband Alliance regarding the state of the urbanunconnected population in 18 large cities as well as each of their related international regions.

Maravedis Jul 2016 broadband
Communities & Municipalities, Economic Development, Media & Communications
July 2016 Newsletter


I am of two minds on broadband as we pass the mid-point of 2016. On the one hand, I am greatly pleased with the federal courts upholding the view that broadband is a needed utility. But on the other hand,I was somewhat disappointed in the finding of a recent study showing that 2.2 billion people around the world, who live in urban area, lack adequate broadband service.

Rouzbeh Yassini Jul 2016 Rouzbeh Yassini, BCoE, UNH, broadband
Economic Development
The World Moves Toward 5G

Having affordable broadband service these days is as important as accessing any other utility. It is a cornerstone of 21st Century life.

Paul Nikolich Jun 2016 BCoE, Paul Nikolich
Economic Development, Media & Communications
Jun BCoE Newsletter

I delivered the KEYNOTE ADDRESS to the 50th Cable TV Pioneers Dinner in Boston and my request of them was to join me at BCoE in funding research and innovation to enable us to connect the millions of Americans with affordable, universal broadband service.  Cable operators have built tremendous broadband networks and now could greatly benefit our country by continuing thier serive to ensure all Americans enjoy the commercial and social benefits of broadband.

Rouzbeh Yassini Jun 2016 Rouzbeh Yassini, BCoE
Communities & Municipalities, Economic Development
May BCoE Newsletter

Welcome to our second newsletter and thanks to all who took the time to read and comment on our April issue. A lot is going on involving  broadband globally, and here is a brief glimpse of some key elements from our perspective

Rouzbeh Yassini May 2016 broadband, Rouzbeh Yassini, BCoE, Broadband UNH
Economic Development
BCoE April Newsletter

It feels like just yesterday when I was pioneering cable modem technology at LANcity. Who would have thought back then – 25 years ago – that more than 2 billion would now be deployed around the world. The technology has progressed and costs have gone down but the need for ever increasing communication speeds continues unabated. Applications and services are becoming more bandwidth intensive and I foresee this trend continuing far into the future.

Rouzbeh Yassini Apr 2016 Rouzbeh Yassin, BCoE, broadband
Economic Development
Broadband Center of Excellence Tech Talk

Cloud-Based Service Networks of the Future

April 18, 2016   2 pm - 3:30 pm

MUB Theatre 1


Kevin McElearney, Senior Vice President, Network Engineering, Comcast

Dr. Rouzbeh Yassini, Executive Director, UNH Broadband Center of Excellence



BCoE Mar 2016 Rouzbeh Yassini, broadband
Economic Development
FCC 2016 Broadband Progress Report

Once again the FCC has issued its annual report on the progress of making broadband available to all Americans and once again it has found the deployment of fixed broadband wanting, particularly in rural and tribal areas. But there has been some progress, the Commission said, at least in urban areas.

That is the overview found in the 85-page document issued at the end of January 2016.

BCoE Mar 2016 broadband
Medical Tele-Health Transforming Doctor's Visits in Coronado

Waiting to see a doctor can be uncomforatble at best, but what if I told you that visit you've been waiting for, may not even be needed? Most experts and doctors agree that more than 10 percent of their medical office visits are actually unnecessary. It turns out that our traditional medical model of healthcare, structured around episodes, is not only inefficient, but it's based upon outdated technologies. But today, we have a flood of new technologies that hold great promise for keeping us well at home and out of the doctor's office altogether.

Patrick Yassini, MD Mar 2016 Patrick Yassini, Healthcare broadband
Economic Development
Why Broadband Needs a Broader Vision

Imagine an intelligent being has been hurtled to Earth from a distant galaxy and is hovering somewhere over a metropolis near you.  We'll call our being BOB, for Broadband Observational Bot.

Rouzbeh Yassini, Ph.D. Dec 2015 Rouzbeh Yassini, broadband, YAS
Communities & Municipalities, Economic Development
Broadband Report 2015: The Connection to New Hampshire's Future

New Hampshire’s citizens and businesses increasingly require high-speed Internet access to conduct their daily activities. Broadband is now critical infrastructure for business, education, health care, public safety, and government operations. Every New Hampshire resident, business, and organization should have access to fast, reliable, and affordable broadband to ensure our current and future prosperity and quality of life.  

This report summarizes the characteristics of New Hampshire's planning regions including geography and demographics, and presents the broadband issues and priorities in each of the nine regional broadband plans. It also describes the current status of and future needs for broadband specific to: economic development, education, health case, community support/local government, public safety and residents.

New Hampshire Broadband Mapping and Planning May 2015
U.S. Sen. Shaheen sees broadband as economic elixir

Thank you for the invitation to attend this year’s NH Broadband Conference. I wish I could be with you today as you discuss the benefits of expanding broadband access throughout our state

Senator Jeanne Shaheen May 2015
Economic Development
Relief for rural America's broadband shortage

Millions of rural Americans can rightly bear a grudge about their second-calss access to high-speed Internet connections.

UNH Broadband Center of Excellence Apr 2015 Rural Broadband
Economic Development
Broadband Networks in the Middle East and North Africa: Accelerating High-Speed Internet Access

Just as the steam engine was the driving force behind the Industrial Revolution, broadband Internet is today seen as critical to the transition to knowledge-intensive economies across the world. As a general purpose technology, broadband Internet is considered as a fundamental driver of economic growth and social development, releasing the innovative potential and energy of previously disenfranchised members of the population. Many of the countries in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) now recognize that broadband Internet is crucial to their efforts to reduce poverty and create job opportunities, especially for their young populations and for women. The report re-emphasizes the important contribution that broadband Internet can make and assesses the status of existing infrastructure in at least 18 MENA countries. 

Natalija Gelvanovska, Michel Rogy, Carlo Maria Rossotto Apr 2015 World Bank, digital divide, White Paper, Africa, MENA
Broadband and, telemedicine, and better health outcomes

Enhanced medical services, delivered via broadband networks, are rocking the medical world - both for patients and for healthcare providers.

UNH Broadband Center of Excellence Apr 2015 Medical Services