Alternative Network Deployments: Taxonomy, Characterization, Technologies, and Architectures (RFC7962)
Original Publication Date: 2016-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2016-Aug-30
Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)
J. Saldana: AUTHOR [+7]
One of the aims of the Global Access to the Internet for All (GAIA) IRTF Research Group is "to document and share deployment experiences and research results to the wider community through scholarly publications, white papers, Informational and Experimental RFCs, etc." [GAIA]. In line with this objective, this document proposes a classification of "Alternative Network Deployments". This term includes a set of network access models that have emerged in the last decade with the aim of providing Internet connections, following topological, architectural, governance, and business models that differ from the so-called "mainstream" ones, where a company deploys the infrastructure connecting the users, who pay a subscription fee to be connected and make use of it.
Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) J. Saldana, Ed. Request for Comments: 7962 University of Zaragoza Category: Informational A. Arcia-Moret ISSN: 2070-1721 University of Cambridge B. Braem iMinds E. Pietrosemoli The Abdus Salam ICTP A. Sathiaseelan University of Cambridge M. Zennaro The Abdus Salam ICTP August 2016
Alternative Network Deployments: Taxonomy, Characterization, Technologies, and Architectures
This document presents a taxonomy of a set of "Alternative Network Deployments" that emerged in the last decade with the aim of bringing Internet connectivity to people or providing a local communication infrastructure to serve various complementary needs and objectives. They employ architectures and topologies different from those of mainstream networks and rely on alternative governance and business models.
The document also surveys the technologies deployed in these networks, and their differing architectural characteristics, including a set of definitions and shared properties.
The classification considers models such as Community Networks, Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISPs), networks owned by individuals but leased out to network operators who use them as a low-cost medium to reach the underserved population, networks that provide connectivity by sharing wireless resources of the users, and rural utility cooperatives.
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RFC 7962 Alternative Network Deployments August 2016
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