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Please consider to contribute to and/or forward to the appropriate groups
the following opportunity to submit and publish original scientific results.

============== NEUTRAL 2009  | Call for submissions ===============


NEUTRAL 2009,  The First International Workshop on Neutral Access Networks

NEUTRAL 2009 is scheduled to be in 2009 - along with the INTERNET 2009

August 23-29, 2009 / Cannes, Côte d'Azur, France



Submission deadline: March 30, 2009

INTERNET 2009 is Technically Co-sponsored by IEEE France

Sponsored by IARIA,

Submissions will be peer-reviewed, published by IEEE CPS, posted in IEEE
Digital Library, and indexed with the major indexes.

Extended versions of selected papers will be published in IARIA Journals:

The NEUTRAL 2009 papers will be in the INTERNET 2009 Proceedings,
published by IEEE Computer Society Press, and posted on-line via IEEE
XPlore Digital Library. IEEE will index the papers with major indexes.

Important deadlines:
Submission (full paper)              March 30, 2009
Notification                               April 25, 2009
Registration                              May 10, 2009
Camera ready                           May 15, 200

Only .pdf or .doc files will be accepted for paper submission. All
received papers will be acknowledged via an automated system.
Final author manuscripts will be 8.5" x 11" (two columns IEEE format), not
exceeding 6 pages; max 4 extra pages allowed at additional cost. The
formatting instructions can be found on the Instructions page.

Once you receive the notification of paper acceptance, you will be
provided by the IEEE CS Press an online author kit with all the steps an
author needs to follow to submit the final version. The author kits URL
will be included in the letter of acceptance.


In spite of the exponential growth of IP traffic, there is stagnation in
broadband penetration due both to the lack of suitable access
infrastructures and to the lack of significant demand (large enough to
motivate the investments). The prevailing access model, based on vertical
integration (for operators) and on flat-fee prices (for users), is often
inadequate to overcome the stagnation and to encourage investments and

Open access networks (OANs) have been proposed as a means to bridge
digital divide and enhance Internet penetration by enabling a fair
competition among Internet Service Providers (ISPs) on a shared access
infrastructure. The key idea behind OANs is to achieve scope economies by
sharing investments and operating costs by using the access infrastructure
as an intermediate between users and service providers. Many technical
solutions have been proposed in the last years to make the access
infrastructure transparent to the end users. Transparency, however, is not
necessarily a benefit, since it impairs the positive externalities which
is typical of communication networks.

NEUTRAL 2009 deals with the idea of granting positive externalities to the
shared access infrastructure in order to enhance digital inclusion and
broadband penetration by triggering a positive feedback loop among users,
service providers, network operators, and investors. The access
infrastructure can be considered as a network per see, called "neutral
access network" ( NAN ), which provides internal services and possibly
exploits its territorial dimension in order to overcome the dichotomy
between "on-line" and "off-line" people. While in a traditional access
network, people who are not registered with any ISP are left out from the
so called "information society", NANs can provide an intermediate area,
which is logically placed "before the Internet", where on-line services
and applications can be made available to residential and nomadic users
who are not yet registered with any ISP. In principle, NANs could induce a
significant change in the value creation chain of broadband market, and
promote digital inclusion by allowing all users to enter a NAN and to
approach information technology starting from the services which are
either useful or familiar to them.

Achieving the NAN goal is a multi-faceted problem the solution of which
entails specific competences in the fields of access technologies, network
architectures, network management, distributed applications, traffic
modeling, marketing, behavioral economics, network regulation, and social

NEUTRAL 2009 aims to gather the interdisciplinary competences required to
come out with a sound definition of NAN and to make a first step towards
the development of a full-fledged NAN model. NANs raise technical,
economical, legal, and social issues that are worth being systematically

We solicit academic, industrial, and institutional contributions
discussing the idea of neutral access network in terms of position papers,
research efforts, protocols, testbeds, case studies, challenges, and
survey papers. Topics of interest (but not limited to) include:

Open access networks
Network neutrality
Operator-neutral residential access technologies
Operator-neutral nomadic access technologies
Operator-neutral mobile access technologies
Operator-neutral CPEs
Internet access regulation
NANs design and management
Multi-gateway traffic management
QoS management in shared infrastructures
Routing and multicast in NANs
Broadband business models for NANs
Broadband pricing models for NANs
Broadband market analysis for NANs
IP traffic models for NANs
Edge routers for NANs
Identity management in NANs
NANS and Digital divide
NANs and Digital inclusion
Inclusive services and applications
NAN testbeds and case studies

Contributions may be /see the site/
Regular papers
Work in progress
Technical marketing/business/positioning presentations
Panel proposals
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