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NEUTRAL 2009 : The First International Workshop on Neutral Access Networks


When Aug 23, 2009 - Aug 29, 2009
Where Cannes, Côte d'Azur, France
Submission Deadline Apr 6, 2009
Notification Due Apr 25, 2009
Final Version Due May 15, 2009
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Call For Papers

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


NEUTRAL 2009, The First International Workshop on Neutral Access Networks
August 23-29, 2009 / Cannes, Côte d'Azur, France

Along with

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 innovation.

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 sciences.

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 discussed.

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
Regular papers
Work in progress
Technical marketing/business/positioning presentations
Panel proposals

NEUTRAL 2009 Workshop Chairs

Alessandro Bogliolo, Università di Urbino, Italy
Petre Dini, Cisco Systems, Inc., USA /Concordia University, Canada

NEUTRAL 2009 Technical Program Committee

Jaume Barcelo, Universitat Pompeu Fabra , Spain
Alessandro Bogliolo, Università di Urbino, Italy
Petre Dini, Cisco Systems, Inc., USA / Concordia University, Canada
Franco Grimaldi, Aria Spa, Italy
Klaus D. Hackbarth, Unversidad de Cantabria, Spain
Jorge Infante, Universitat Pompeu Fabra , Spain
Andrzej Jajszczyk, AGH University of Science and Technology-Krakow , Poland
Emanuele Lattanzi, ISTI - Università di Urbino, Italy
Zoubir Mammeri, IRIT, France
Gianluca Mazzini, DI - University of Ferrara, Italy
George Oreku, Institute of Technology-Harbin, China
Mark Perry, Faculty of Science / Faculty of Law, University of Western Ontario Canada
Sanguthevar Rajasekaran, University of Connecticut , USA
Andrea Seraghiti, UWiClab - Università di Urbino, Italy
Ljiljana Trajkovic, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Manuel Villen-Altamirano, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain

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