Too New (and Hot!) to Classify:
Just Added: A/V webcast files from Day 1 (these are downloads, not streams, for now)
Alex Goldman's is out with a new ISP-Planet piece today (3/23) entitled, Our National Broadband Strategy is Hope Without Action. In it, he writes, "ISP-Planet would like to recommend one simple idea: enforce the law. Crack down on false advertising, fraudulent billing, slamming, and other monopoly practices."
Michael Cervieri of Scribe Media has posted very nicely done videos of Yochai Benkler's F2C keynote, Cory Ondrejka's F2C presentation on Second Life, and several other videos of the Wealth of Networks panel (look for these on the page with Yochai's video). There may be more soon. Nice work Michael!!!
Dean Landsman's way-too-flattering blog post about F2C. (Read it if you want to know how superfractaculorenious it was this year, or if you're searching for details of musician Howard Levy's formative years.)
ISP Planet: Meinrath Says Everything Else is Stupid
National Journal: Adelstein Blasts White House on Broadband at F2C
ISP Planet: The Vermont Way Forward
Rutland (VT) Herald: Douglas Promotes e-State
Public CIO: VT Gov on Economic & Social Value of Broadband
Wireless Week: Meraki's SF Mesh Experiment
Communications Daily: Calabrese and Snider at F2C
Doug Galbi on Vermont's e-State initiative (with video) [link]
Tom Evslin on his session with Gov. Douglas [link].
My own opening remarks, more or less as delivered.
John Quarterman on 700 MHz for Public Safety and Wireless Broadband [link]
David Gammel on Adelstein-Levy harmonica duet [link].
Adam Thierer on his talk.
Jonny Goldstein's brief review. (Expecting videos shortly!)
John Quarterman on Peer Press Panel.
Steve Smith on Vermont Gov. Douglas [link].
Steve Stroh on Meraki.
Jon Husband on Weinberger on Benkler [link].
Peter Freyne's tech criticism of F2C video, etc. [link].
2 min clip from Yochai Benkler's talk.
8 min of excerpts from Governor Douglas' talk
Jonny Goldstein's lobby interview with Bruce Sterling!
March 5, 2007
*audio glitch, unrecoverable, sorry :-(
March 6, 2007
Stay tuned, more soon . . .
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"F2C is the absolutely unbuttoned-down deep thought conference of telecommunications. You'll find movers and shakers here (some ducked down in hiding); you'll find thinkers; and you'll find those who have been and those who will be the guiding forces in telecommunications. There's no way you'll agree with everything that's said and plenty of ways to make your opinion known whether you're on the formal program or not."
"Don't miss F2C . . . F2C aims not to lobby or position or spin or score political brownie points. It aims to illuminate and educate. . . admittedly quirky . . . and free-spirited . . . if folks really want to know where broadband policy is headed, they should start with F2C."
". . . although I and [F2C producer David Isenberg] probably have quite divergent political beliefs, we're on common ground when it comes to "What is 'the network' for?" . . . [F2C] is unique in that it's not beholden to anyone's commercial interest, and comes nearest to being the forum for discussing the public interest."
"The press was surprised by the net neutrality storm that struck Congress last Spring . . . F2C 2006 was a catalyst . . . there's no better venue to explore the issues."
"David is a world-class human networker . . . If you're in the telecom business or you're an active telecom investor, you'll get a lot out of this meeting."
"I had never before experienced a conversation taking place on this level or at this pace . . . most participants were actively contributing. It was exciting; it was overwhelming; it was nearly pure energy. I loved it!"
WHO: F2C is a meeting of people engaged with Internet connectivity and all that it enables, including vendors, customers, regulators, legislators, analysts, financiers, citizens and co-creators. This year, the theme of F2C is how universal connectivity and the plunging capital requirements of information production are changing our fundamental economic and social assumptions. (F2C is produced by David S. Isenberg of isen.com, LLC.)
WHAT: F2C is a two-day meeting inside the beltway where the creators of the future of the Internet meet to engage in mutual learning and exploration.
WHEN: 8:00 AM on March 5 through 5:00 PM on March 6, 2007. Program here.
WHERE: AFI Silver Theater, Silver Spring MD. More travel, lodging and venue details here.
WHY: updated 4Jan07
It is written that Freedom of the Press is only for those with presses. Internet technology now makes Freedom of the Press available to about 1,000,000,000 people, one sixth of Earth's inhabitants. How does this change the fundamental operating assumptions of society?
Yochai Benkler, setting the theme for F2C 2007, advances a powerful hypothesis, that lowering the capital requirements of information production
At F2C: Freedom to Connect we will explore Benkler's hypothesis. What's the evidence? How strong is it? What's the contravening evidence? What are the early indicators, and are they as strong as Benkler would have us believe?
At F2C: Freedom to Connect we will pursue the implications of the scenario that Benkler sketches. Where does this scenario take us? What does it imply? What are the foreseeable consequences? And what are some alternate scenarios?
At F2C: Freedom to Connect we will hear from technologists about new recipes for continued capital improvements. We will also hear from regulators, legislators and other shapers of telecom policy about the prognosis for policy that responds to (or defends against!) the lowered capital requirements of information production.
At F2C: Freedom to Connect we will connect with our fellow co-creators of the future to plan even more collaboration.
What folks say about F2C (lots more here)
To date, committed speakers include Nora Abousteit, FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein, Bill Allison, Jim Baller, Yochai Benkler, Sanjit Biswas, Michael Calabrese, Jeff Chester, Kimberly "kc" Claffy, Drew Clark, Mark Cooper, Susan Crawford, Becca Vargo Daggett, Vermont Governor Jim Douglas, Tom Evslin, Allison Fine, Dan Gillmor, Reed Hundt, Benedikta von Karaisl, Yuval Klein, Jonathan Krim, Blair Levin, Elliot Maxwell, Sascha Meinrath, Sean Moss-Pultz, Cory Ondrejka, James Salter, Ron Sege, Micah Sifry, David A. Smith, Gigi Sohn, Bruce Sterling, Peter Swire, Mark Tapscott, Jasmina Tesanovic, Adam Thierer, Utah Rep. Steve Urquhart, John Waclawsky, and David Weinberger.
March 5, 2007 (***subject to change***)
March 6, 2007 (***subject to change***)
VENUE & LOCAL: F2C will convene at AFI Silver, a short walk from the Silver Spring Metro station. The Silver Spring Metro is six stops from Washington, D.C., Union Station on the Red Line. Interactive Map of Washington Metro here. See driving and parking directions here. AFI Silver is the newly restored theater complex of the American Film Institute.
GETTING THERE: Washington DC has Amtrak and three major airports. National (DCA) is the most convenient, and it is right on the Metro. Dulles (IAD) and Baltimore Washington (BWI) are less expensive to fly into because they are served by discounters like Ted and Southwest. Dulles is best for international flights.
LODGING NEARBY: There are three hotels within walking distance of the F2C Conference venue, a Hilton, a Crowne Plaza. and a Marriott Courtyard. Unfortunately "conference rates" don't seem to be any better than using on-line discount services, or the hotels' own Web sites, so there is no negotiated rate at either of these. If you're after "budget," about 1.5 miles away there's a little cluster with a Day's Inn, a Ramada, and a Quality Inn. You can use hotels.com or similar to reserve a specific hotel. (I have had good luck using Priceline and Hotwire in the Washington DC area. These do not let you choose specific hotels, but in my experience the hotel is often an easy walk from a Metro stop, and so is the F2C venue.)
Music is perhaps the oldest form of communications technology. This year's F2C musician in residence, the amazing Howard Levy, is known in the trade as a genre bender; he is fluent in jazz, pop, rock, world music, Latin, classical, folk, blues, country, and other forms. His grammy-winning work with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones is well known. He has also played with Dolly Parton, Paul Simon, and the Bavarian State Radio Orchestra. A Chicago resident, he has played the National Anthem for the Cubs and the Bulls. A lesser-known fact: he's given music lessons to FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein.
Dewayne Hendricks, Judi Clark, Tiffany Graham, John Summers, Ed Fineran, Terry McGarty, Gordon Cook, Tom Collins, Gary Arlen, Pip Coburn, Frannie Wellings, Greg Elin . . .
CMA, the fine print: While all of the above is presented in good faith, please take all of it as a best effort attempt rather than a guarantee. Everything here is subject to change without notice. Of course, if things change, I'll do my very best to let all interested parties know asap. All I'm saying is let's be reasonable; if you don't demand that I do the impossible, I will, in exchange, attempt it. David Isenberg
F2C is a production of isen.com, LLC