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Today, with the right kind of support, students can play the roleof innovators again, by leading the way in the development ofbroadband applications. In the same way that Mosaic and Googledrove demand for today’s Internet, new applications could drivedemand for a gigabit/second Internet and 4G wireless. Indeed, a keycomponent of the Federal Communications Commission’s recentlyreleased National Broadband Plan is the development ofnew broadband applications.
Now is the time to launch an initiative that would cultivate, withstudent involvement, such a wave of innovation. Although it’simpossible to predict what the next generation of applications willbe, universities, companies, and students could work together undersuch an initiative, which would serve as a sort of “Petri dish”where new ideas could incubate and grow.
This initiative could be led by the private sector, encouragemulti-campus and even global collaboration, build on investmentsalready made in high-speed research networks such as
The initiative could have a number of elements, including:
-Campus-based incubators for the development of broadbandapplications, with access to high-speed networks, cutting-edgeperipherals, software development kits, and cloud computingservices.
-Relevant courses that encourage multidisciplinary teams ofstudents to design and develop broadband applications.
-Competitions that recognize compelling applications developed bystudents. Some existing competitions that could serve as modelsinclude Google’s Android Developer Challenge, Microsoft’s ImagineCup, and the FCC-Knight Foundation’s “Apps for Inclusion”competition.
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Tom Kalil is Deputy Director for Policy in theWhite House Office of Science and Technology Policy.Aneesh Chopra is U.S. Chief Technology Officer and AssociateDirector for Technology in the White House Office of Science andTechnology Policy