1.) Which of your current endeavors are you most passionate about?
Now that we have some momentum behind the technical and physical infrastructure requirements of creating a Vermont research and education network, I'm excited to be able to turn some of my attention to showing Vermonters the exciting things you can do with a high-speed R&E network and access to Internet2. It's extremely rewarding to see educators, researchers, and students get excited when you show them what others around the country, and even the world, are doing with their high-speed networks and to then tell them that they can participate as well.
2.) Who inspires you these days?
I'm not so much inspired by individual people as I am by ideas and communities. I'm inspired by the idea of open access to knowledge and data and hope that we can modernize our education system to teach "how" to learn instead of the traditional "what" to learn. Teaching facts was important when knowledge was expensive and harder to come by, but now that information is becoming almost free, we need to rethink how we teach ourselves and others. I'm also inspired by the communities that have learned how to embrace this open access to ideas and am amazed by what they have been able to accomplish: from offering college-level courses for free to overthrowing governments.
3.) Imagine a world unconstrained by bandwidth. How would it change what you do and the people you serve?
Unlimited bandwidth would go along way to removing many barriers including geographic and socio-economic by making online experiences more immersive and free. But, I keep getting reminded that what you do with that bandwidth is always more important than how much you have. One recent example of this is Twitter... organizing groups all around the world 140 characters at a time.
4.) How would you describe what you do?
Foster project-based learning & design environments to accelerate local information & communications infrastructure development.
5.) What are the implications for next-generation broadband infrastructure to impact planning and ongoing development of traditional infrastructures like energy, water, transportation, etc?
As seems likely, the future use of ITC embedded in all infrastructure types for productivity gains and cost savings should also increase complexity (& vulnerability) in these systems. How will local/regional planners not familiar with communications technology cope?