New Associate: Ralph Droms
We are pleased to welcome Ralph Droms as a new Interisle associate.
Trends for Wireless ISPs
Interisle's Fred Goldstein delivered a presentation forecasting long-term technical
and regulatory trends for the wireless ISP industry at WISPAPALOOZA 2016, the wireless ISP industry's premier trade show.
"Community Broadband Bits" Podcast
The second episode of Fred Goldstein's podcast is now available: Just What is the Internet?.
"Community Broadband Bits" Podcast
Chris Mitchell of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance interviewed Interisle's Fred Goldstein for his Community Broadband Bits podcast last month.
The first of two episodes is available: Smart FCC Decisions Helped Create the Internet.
Interisle Selected as FCC Technical Consultant for WISPA
Interisle has been selected by the Wireless ISP Association (WISPA)
as their FCC Technical Consultant. This effort, led by Interisle partner Fred Goldstein, involves working with the wireless ISP industry to ensure that
their needs are understood by the FCC, and to help the WISP membership with their FCC compliance. WISPA has over 800 members, mostly small businesses,
serving millions of customers across the United States, largely in rural areas not served by larger providers.
Interisle's Work on Hybrid Broadband Access
Interisle partner Fred Goldstein is cited in an article
in the Greenfield, MA "The Recorder" referring to the work he is doing with a number of towns in Western Massachusetts, and New Hampshire to determine the
most cost-effective approach to provide broadband access to un-served and under-served communities using a combination of fiber and wireless technologies.
Reserved Top Level Domains Proposed
Recent reports by Interisle and others describe the risks associated with the delegation of top-level domain names (TLDs
that have previously been used to anchor locally-defined private naming schemes (e.g., Microsoft Active Directory domains)—a
scenario commonly referred to as name collision.
Three names are identified as particularly risky in the studies by
and ICANN's Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC):
home, corp, and mail.
Permanent reservation of these three names has been proposed to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) by Interisle
partner Lyman Chapin and his colleague Mark McFadden of InterConnect Communications in an
Internet Draft that will be
discussed at the upcoming IETF meeting in Dallas.
Interisle Prepares for OECD Ministerial
The Internet Society coordinates the
Internet Technical Advisory Committee (ITAC) for the
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
In preparation for the OECD Ministerial meeting in Mexico City in 2016, Interisle partner Lyman Chapin writes in the latest ITAC newsletter
about The Open Internet, and why it is "more than just a good idea."
We've all used the term Open Internet so often, in so many different contexts, that we tend to assume that everyone knows what it means—and
that it means the same thing to everyone. But some people think that having an "open Internet" is the same as having "network neutrality,"
and others think that an "open Internet" is simply an anarchy in which the rule of law and other norms of human behavior don't apply.
Neither viewpoint captures the essential properties of openness that make the Internet such a uniquely valuable platform for social and economic growth.
Interisle Contributes to Ofcom Report
Interisle partner Colin Strutt,
working with Jim Reid (RTFM),
produced the report on UK IPv4 and IPv6
address allocations for, and now published by, Ofcom, the UK communications regulator.
Portions of the report were included in the larger Ofcom
Infrastructure Report 2014.
Interisle Presents at WISPA Convention
Interisle partner Fred Goldstein spoke at WISPAPALOOZA,
the annual convention of the Wireless ISP Association (WISPA), in Las Vegas.
His topics included hybrid fiber-wireless networks and opportunities for WISPs selling to local governments. Both drew upon Interisle's
experiences managing PSnet for the Metro Boston Homeland Security Region.
He also joined attorney Steve Coran in a presentation on Network Neutrality, a subject in which the interests of small ISPs,
and their customers, are often overlooked. Interisle looks forward to working with more members of the Wireless ISP community in the future.
Name Collisions at WPNC
Interisle partner Colin Strutt has been invited to present at the
Workshop and Prize on Root Causes and Mitigation of Name Collisions (WPNC) 8–10 March 2014
in London. The title of his talk is
"Looking at corp.com as a proxy for .corp"
where he presents results of analyzing name collisions in DNS queries to corp.com and suggests approaches for ISPs and similar organizations to prepare
to support users before and after delegation of new gTLDs.
Streaming Video and the Internet
Video now constitutes as much as half of consumer Internet traffic, and is growing rapidly. This puts pressure on ISPs,
leading to peering disputes and other issues with the video providers, notably Netflix.
Interisle partner Fred Goldstein explores why streaming video is not just another application in his article
"Streaming Video Isn't Playing Nice With the Internet".
Why the Internet is, by Definition, Ungovernable
Following on from his presentation "Internet by Definition" at the e-Conference
"Is There A Third Way For The Internet: Neither The US Nor The UN But Independence?", Interisle partner Fred Goldstein
expanded this into an article on the subject,
the Internet is, by Definition, Ungovernable".
Name Collisions at Domain pulse
Interisle partner Colin Strutt has been invited to present at
Domain pulse 2014 (being held 20–21 February 2014 in Salzburg, Austria) on the results of the
Collision Study that Interisle conducted for ICANN.
Internet by Definition
On November 12, Interisle partner Fred Goldstein was a panelist in the e-Conference
A Third Way For The Internet: Neither The US Nor The UN But Independence?",
sponsored by the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information (CITI) of the Columbia University
His presentation "Internet by Definition" (which begins around 1:07:50) explained why the Internet, as a set of voluntary
agreements, cannot actually be governed, though its participants may trust coordination
functions, which are essentially consultative.
Interisle's DNS Name Collision Report Posted
Interisle's report on Name Collision
in the DNS has been posted by ICANN.
Interisle provided input to the FCC
Interisle partner Fred Goldstein has filed these Comments
with the FCC in the recent docket concerning whether, or how, non-carrier Interconnected Voice over IP service providers
should have direct access to telephone numbers. He points out how some of the suggested methods
could have a destabilizing effect on the public switched telephone network.
Interisle report on Barnstable County IT & Telecomms survey published
The Cape Cod Economic Development Council published Interisle's report on a 2012 survey of Barnstable County IT and Telecommunications. You can read more about the CCEDC project at their website.
Support for the FCC's Open Internet Order
Interisle partner Lyman Chapin is one of the Internet engineers and technologists who have filed a brief amicus curiae supporting affirmation of the FCC's 21 December 2010 Open Internet Order, which has been challenged by Verizon and MetroPCS in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The summary of the argument presented in the brief begins "The Internet's remarkable ability to generate innovation, investment, and economic growth is a product of its openness."
Interisle's WHOIS Survey Report Posted
Interisle's report on the WHOIS Proxy/Privacy Reveal & Relay feasibility survey has been posted by ICANN.
Interisle Will Evaluate Applications for New Internet Top-Level Domains
ICANN is preparing to add hundreds of new top-level domains (TLDs) to the DNS, and Interisle will be evaluating each one to be sure that the proposed TLD name and registry services don't jeopardize Internet security or stability. Interisle was selected as the Registry Services and DNS Stability evaluator last November, and will begin work on the first batch of applications on June 12. New TLDs that pass all of the evaluations will begin to appear in the DNS in mid-2013.
Interisle welcomes Fred Goldstein as a new Principal. Fred has already been working with Interisle for many years. He adds his extensive experience to Interisle, particularly in the telecommunications space.
Interisle Consulting Group Selected to Conduct Survey to Identify Potential Participants for a gTLD
Whois “Relay” and “Reveal” Study
June 17 — ICANN has engaged Interisle Consulting Group to survey gTLD domain name registrants, registrars, and privacy and proxy service
providers regarding their willingness and ability to participate in future Whois Relay and Reveal studies. The survey will gauge the
willingness and ability of request originators, privacy/proxy providers, and registrars to participate in future studies, by
identifying factors that would facilitate or inhibit their participation and by developing a list of individuals and
organizations potentially willing to participate. Jim Reid of RTFM Ltd. will collaborate with Interisle on this project.
Interisle and Galaxy continue to support the Metro Boston Homeland Security Region in the ongoing evolution
of their regional network to support public safety organizations, or "PSnet."
We are currently working on an extension of PSnet Phase 4 to complete integration with the region's Critical Infrastructure Monitoring System
(CIMS) microwave network, including security hardening and improvements in maintainability. The goals are to continue to
drive down future recurring costs while providing a highly resilient, high capacity network that leverages both fiber optic
and microwave communications in a complementary manner. Network capacity continues to increase as new links are added into
the backbone while overall resilience and survivability improves. Enhancements to network monitoring and management are
being used to improve security and maintainability, while also supporting day-to-day operations and future planning.
Phase 3 of the
PSnet project is now under way. Interisle, operating with
partner Galaxy Internet Services, will will be providing
expertise in several technical, policy, and governance areas
related to this effort, under which nine municipalities in
greater Boston are collaborating, together with State and
Federal agencies, universities, and other nongovernmental
organizations, to build and operate a high-quality regional
network supporting public safety applications. PSnet applies
many of the technical and governance principles underlying the
public Internet to create a flexible, dynamic network by
interconnecting existing and planned networks within a unified
policy, operational, and governance framework.
Interisle has completed a comprehensive review of the African
Network Operators Group (AfNOG),
a forum for technical coordination and cooperation among African
Internet service providers and network engineers from the
region’s universities, research institutions, and industry. The
review affirms AfNOG's extraordinary success over the past nine
years in fulfilling its core mission: improving the
accessibility and value of the Internet in Africa by training
engineers and nurturing a collaborative community of networking
experts. It also identifies potential impediments to future
growth and effectiveness, and recommends steps that AfNOG's
organizers and supporters could take to avoid them.
Wade has developed a spreadsheet tool for IP address
planning and inventory tracking. It supports supernetting and
subnetting, and can be used by merely entering CIDR values. It
detects errors, and eliminates the tedium of converting between
binary and dotted decimal notations. You can get more
information and download this tool as an Excel workbook from
Consortium has engaged Interisle to develop whitepapers and
technical best practices documentation for the growing community
of Kerberos users and developers. Kerberos is widely used as a
single sign-on authentication solution for both users and
services, and it also plays an important role in several emerging
technologies. As the Kerberos community expands, and more system
administrators work with Kerberos in mixed platform environments,
there is greater need for sound guidance on best practices for
deploying and managing Kerberos-based security solutions.
will work with
ICANN and Deloitte Audit & Enterprise Risk Services
(Belgium) to develop criteria and procedures for evaluating
new generic top-level domain names (gTLDs). Existing gTLDs
include .com, .net, and .org; the term "generic" distinguishes
these domains from those based on country codes, such as .br
(Brazil) and .jp (Japan). ICANN's Generic Names Supporting
Organisation (GNSO) approved
policies for the introduction of new gTLDs on 6 September
2007; ICANN is expected to begin processing new gTLD
applications in mid-2008.
In cooperation with
Clearing House and
Strutt edited Parts 2 and 3
of the X9AB WG17
ANSI Draft Standard for Trial Use X9.100-172, “Specifications
for the Validation of Interoperable
Check Security Feature (ICSF)”, which was approved by the X9
and ANSI boards on 10
Chapin has served for the past 13 years as the USA and ACM
representative to the communication systems technical committee
of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP
most recent report appears in the April 2007 issue of the
ACM SIGCOMM Computer Communication Review.
Halpern is working in the
Engineering Task Force (IETF) on a
Forwarding and Control Element Separation (ForCES) protocol,
which defines a standard communication and control mechanism
through which a network Control Element (CE) can control the
behavior of a network Forwarding Element (FE). His latest
Internet Draft is
Chapin has been appointed to chair a standing technical panel of experts
that will review proposals to the