Last Reminder: IEEE-Madison: “Internet Infrastructure -- Fungible Packets Everywhere



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IEEE-Madison Webinar: “Internet Infrastructure -- Fungible Packets Everywhere”


Talk:  “Internet Infrastructure -- Fungible Packets Everywhere" -- The Internet Infrastructure evolved over many years starting with per-line connected  dial-ups.  The talk discusses the history of technical evolution of the internet and how many things were discovered that "experts" thought were not technically feasible, such as VoIP.  It is time to examine the structure and replace the "rent to never own" infrastructure with a lower cost, more flexible "Fungible Packets Everywhere" approach. 

Bob Frankston discusses the history of technological development along with the regulatory environment and how that biased the internet evolution.  He argues that companies selling "service" are not in a position to offer the lowest cost connectivity. By switching to a fungible packet infrastructure where the actual connecting technology can be dynamically changed he predicts we will reach a lower cost and more reliable internet. 

Speaker: Bob Frankston is best known for implementing VisiCalc (, the first electronic spreadsheet and enabling home networking (while at Microsoft). Throughout his career he has sought to share the power of software with others by creating enabling technologies. He is currently on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Consumer Electronics Society and writes a column for their magazine.

Note:  For background information, see Frankston's  2020 IEEE-Madison talk: "Software + Connectivity => Opportunity and a New Generative Reality”

Date and Time

  • Date: 06 Dec 2022
  • Time: 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM
  • All times are (GMT-06:00) US/Central
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  • Starts 18 November 2022 10:12 AM
  • Ends 06 December 2022 10:12 AM
  • All times are (GMT-06:00) US/Central
  • No Admission Charge


Bob Frankston

Bob Frankston of IEEE CES



Internet Infrastructure -- Fungible Packets Everywhere


6:00 PM -- Talk Starts with Pre-recorded video


6:45 PM: Q&A/Discussion




Meeting Information




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