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Growing the Internet 27 May 2015

Caribbean Peering & Interconnection Forum Streaming Live Today!

By Olga CavalliFormer Member, Internet Society Board of Trustees
Shernon OsepaFormer Director, Caribbean Affairs and Development

Promoting CarPIF in TV Show “Morning Barbados” in Barbados

Two global organizations: Packet Clearing House (PCH) and the Internet Society (ISOC) assisted by regional organizations, the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) and CaribNOG, joined efforts to organize the very first “Peering & Interconnection Forum” (CarPIF) in the Caribbean.

The Government of Barbados, recognizing the importance of this event, and the country where recently the last IXP was deployed in the Caribbean, graciously agreed to host this very special and historic event.

As the Internet continues to evolve so do its opportunities but also the challenges. Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) form a key core of the Internet infrastructure. With the advent of the first IXP in the Caribbean in Curacao in 2009, we have seen several others being installed on the islands with a total of nine presently.

Globally we have experienced and seen how these contributed to a more better and efficient Internet.

It’s time now to look back to see how these IXPs have contributed to the Caribbean Internet economy. In addition to looking back it’s time to planning for a much brighter future by utilizing all available resources and experiences.

Jason Hynds & Shernon Osepa promoting CarPIF in TV show “Morning Barbados” in Barbados

Mostly regulators and key decisions makers are not always well equipped to dealing with all the challenges and opportunities that Internet bring.

This is exactly what CarPIF is aiming for: to promoting a better Internet infrastructure for the Caribbean by deploying critical Internet infrastructures in accordance to best practices.

In addition to promoting a better Internet through CarPIF we would like to get the region up to speed to develop a sustainable Internet economy.

All major regional telecoms operators, ISPs, government officials, policy makers, academia and the technical community are invited.

Some global content providers have already confirmed their participation. The idea is to make CarPIF a yearly event in harmony with what other regions have been doing.

The event takes place from 27 to 28 May 2015 at the Hilton Barbados hotel in Bridgetown Barbados.

To register please visit Caribbean Peering and Interconnection Forum (CarPIF) homepage.

You can watch the event live on the Caribbean Peering and Interconnection website.

Disclaimer: Viewpoints expressed in this post are those of the author and may or may not reflect official Internet Society positions.

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