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06/30/2004 - Fiber to the Home Council to Meet in Spokane

Zero dB will host the quarterly meeting of the International Fiber-to-the-Home Council (FTTH) at the Davenport hotel on July 20 and 21, 2004. Zero dB is a Terabyte Triangle based engineering company which specializes in the planning, engineering and implementation of communication networks and facilities. "We engineer the speed of light," says Dana Bisaro, Zero dB CEO and Treasurer of the Fiber-to-the-Home Council.

The conference will be highlighted by a demonstration of FTTH technology. Velocity, a Spokane based media and entertainment firm, will produce and demonstrate a full blown content-on-demand application from the point-of-view of the service provider. The demonstration will show that with optical fiber capability, the home can have video on demand, voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP), and high definition (HD) viewing. The audience will see that with a point and click, the viewer can watch broadcast video (MPEG4), pause, talk, play interactive on-line computer games, and use ISP services. It's so simple; it acts just like a television.

FTTH is a non-profit organization made up of telecommunications, computing, networking, applications, content and service provider companies. The Council's mission is to educate, promote, and accelerate fiber to the home and the resulting quality-of-life enhancements. "It has been clearly demonstrated that fiber to the home drives economic development," says Bisaro. Six hundred cities are building fiber-to-the-home networks now.

In addition to the demonstration, there will be events devoted to speakers in support of the FTTH mission to educate.

On July 21, the morning keynote speaker will be Dr. Steve Simmons, Professor at Eastern Washington University Computer Science, and winner of the 2003 Technet Catalyst Award. Simmons' topic will be "The Effect of Fiber to the Home on Education and the Virtual Classroom." In October of 1999, Simmons proposed the INDU Project for the creation of a digital university in the Inland Northwest region, using optical fiber for the high speed broadband transmission needed for quality teaching and research communications. In late 2002, Avista Corp. donated VPnet, over 200 miles of optical fiber suitable for digital higher education, research, collaboration and economic development. Dr. Simmons has been active in VPnet since that time, serving on the Operations Committee and the Technical Design Committee for VPnet. His special interest in VPnet is highly immersive broadband distance education.

The luncheon keynote speaker will be Jan McClintock, Technology Services Manager, City of Fontana, California. Ms. McClintock will speak about Fontana's progress in providing fiber to the home infrastructure in that city. McClintock won a 2004 CENIC (Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California) "On the Road to Gigabit Award" in the innovation category. The Innovation Award recognizes contributions to high-performance networking that best exemplify the creative spirit and the bottom-up philosophy that created the Internet. She currently provides leadership for the City of Fontana for technology related issues.

To learn more about the Fiber-to-the-Home Council, see To learn more about the FTTH Council meeting in July, contact Dana Bisaro at --- Billie Moreland

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