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The First International Workshop on Neutral Access Networks


August 23-29, 2009 - Cannes/La Bocca, French Riviera, France

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This workshop is part of INTERNET 2009.

Publishing Information:

Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit extended versions to a IARIA Journal

Publisher: IEEE Computer Society Conference Publishing Services
Posted: IEEE Digital Library
Indexing process


Submit a Paper:

First, fill out the submission form with information about your paper. Please, fill it out only once for each paper, and do not resubmit it. Contact the address below if you run into any difficulties.

As the designated correspondence author, you will then receive a first e-mail message containing the paper ID. The information in the email will allow you to submit your paper.

If you have some problems send your paper via this e-mail (please report your paper ID in the text of your mail AND the name of the conference).

The conference staff will contact you only if the paper does not print properly or has other problems.

You can change information about your paper, submit brief corrections, view your reviews and create rebuttal, and even edit your personal information by following the link in the initial confirmation email.

Touristic Information:

Touristic information is available from the hosting conference, INTERNET 2009.

Hotels and Travel:

Hotels and travel information is available from the hosting conference page, INTERNET 2009.

Call for Papers:

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


Important deadlines:

Submission (full paper) March 20, 2009 March 30, 2009
Notification April 25, 2009 May 1, 2009
Registration May 15, 2009
Camera ready May 22, 2009

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", 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 Conference Publisher 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.


Posters are welcome. Please submit the contributions following the instructions for the regular submissions using the "Submit a Paper" button and selecting the track/workshop preference as "POSTER : Posters".  Submissions are expected to be 6-8 slide deck. Posters will not be published in the Proceedings. One poster with all the slides together should be used for discussions. Presenters will be allocated a space where they can display the slides and discuss in an informal manner. The poster slide decks will be posted on the IARIA site.

For more details, see the Posters explanation page.

Work in Progress

Work-in-progress contributions are welcome. Please submit the contributions following the instructions for the regular submissions using the "Submit a Paper" button and selecting the track/workshop preference as "WIP: Work in Progress".  Authors should submit a four-page (maximum) text manuscript in IEEE double-column format including the authors' names, affiliations, email contacts. Contributors must follow the conference deadlines, describing early research and novel skeleton ideas in the areas of the conference topics. The work will be published in the conference proceedings.

For more details, see the Work in Progress explanation page

Technical marketing/business/positioning presentations

The conference initiates a series of business, technical marketing, and positioning presentations on the same topics. Speakers must submit a 10-12 slide deck presentations with substantial notes accompanying the slides, in the .ppt format (.pdf-ed). The slide deck will not be published in the conference’s CD Proceedings. Presentations' slide decks will be posted on the IARIA's site. Please send your presentations to


Tutorials provide overviews of current high interest topics. Proposals should be for three hour tutorials. Proposals must contain the title, the summary of the content, and the biography of the presenter(s). The tutorials' slide decks will be posted on the IARIA's site. Please send your proposals to

Panel proposals

The organizers encourage scientists and industry leaders to organize dedicated panels dealing with controversial and challenging topics and paradigms. Panel moderators are asked to identify their guests and manage that their appropriate talk supports timely reach our deadlines. Moderators must specifically submit an official proposal, indicating their background, panelist names, their affiliation, the topic of the panel, as well as short biographies. The panel's slide deck will be posted on the IARIA's site.

For more information,


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
Andrzej Beben, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland
Alessandro Bogliolo, Università di Urbino, Italy
Petre Dini, Cisco Systems, Inc., USA / Concordia University, Canada 
Markus Fiedler, Blekinge Institute of Technology - Karlskrona, Sweden
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
Robert Janowski, PTC, 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
Rute Sofia, INESC Porto, Portugal
Ljiljana Trajkovic, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Manuel Villen-Altamirano, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain


Tutorials are available from the hosting conference page, INTERNET 2009.

Preliminary Program:

Preliminary program is available from the hosting conference page, INTERNET 2009.

Manuscript Preparation:

Manuscript preparation is available from the hosting conference page, INTERNET 2009.

Registration Form:

Registration form is available from the hosting conference page, INTERNET 2009.


Statistics are available from the hosting conference page, INTERNET 2009.


Photos are available from the hosting conference page, INTERNET 2009.


Awards are available from the hosting conference page, INTERNET 2009.


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