Lecturer, University of Hawai’i, Mānoa
Daniel C. Smith lecturers on business statistics at the University of Hawai'i West O'ahu and has taught the senior thesis course in the Communications Department at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. His interdisciplinary research interests include telecom policy, social media and satellite communication in remote areas.
At Hawaiian Airlines he is Manager, Systems Engineering. He obtained a satellite communication equipment and airtime grant that will certify Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband service for air traffic control safety services. Prior, Dan was Telecom/IS/Avionics manager at Air Marshall Islands, where he installed the reservations data network that provided the first interactive data communication in Tuvalu and Kiribati. Other previous positions include computer consultant at Mariscom and editor of the Marshall Islands Journal.
He holds a Ph.D. in Communication and Information Science from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, and M.A., Communication and B.S., Physics from Stanford University.
Industry Briefings 2
Sunday, 17 January 2016
A number of countries, regions or communities have only one main medium to economically access the Internet. Examples in the Pacific are countries with new fiber connections to the main urban center only. Similarly, some continental counties have substantial regions with limited connectivity. The paper will review previous models have been used to provide access for competing ISPs and shared expenses such as restoration of service by satellite in the event of a cable disruption. This concept is often referred to as “Open Access.” Like a freeway or turnpike with fees, some public support may be needed to provide equitable access with universal service obligations.
New fiber or satellite systems, while fast and reliable, may not provide economical service. What are the infrastructure, pricing and regulatory arrangements, including flexibility, that can provide affordable in-country Internet service? An example is a community that has a school information system and/or instructional support system available locally and not requiring regular international access. Some bits will cost more than others. Prime time movie viewers willing to pay will help make off peak hours more affordable.
The particular focus will be on Pacific Island telecom systems – and their regulators -- that have or will get external funding to provide Internet connectivity and require ending of monopolies. One issue could be ownership or management of a single cable system.