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Alternative Network Deployments: Taxonomy, Characterization, Technologies, and Architectures (RFC7962)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000247374D
Original Publication Date: 2016-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2016-Aug-30
Document File: 86 page(s) / 98K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

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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.

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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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