The Yassini Broadband Knowledge Center today announced the finalization of both the submission process and the selection committee for a new grant program that is designed to accelerate independent research into advanced broadband technologies.

The program, which provides total funding of $200,000 and research support at the Broadband Knowledge Center for four post-graduate projects per year, will award its first grant on September 10, 2008. Submission materials and guidelines are now available at the website of YAS Broadband Ventures.

The deadline for initial short-form applications is July 4, 2008.

In conjunction with the submission process, Yassini also announced the formation of an Advisory Board of broadband experts and visionaries that will be actively involved in the evaluation process. The board includes Chris Bowick, CTO, Cox Communications; Marwan Fawaz, CTO, Charter Communications; Dave Fellows, Executive Fellow, Comcast; Mike Hayashi, Executive Vice President, Advanced Engineering, Time Warner Cable; Wilt Hildenbrand, former Executive Vice President and CTO, Cablevision; Balan Nair, CTO of Liberty Global Inc.; and Dermot O’Carroll, Senior Vice President, Network Engineering and Operations, Rogers Cable; with Nomi Bergman, Executive Vice President of Strategy and Development for Advance Newhouse Communications, serving as an advisor. Fellows will serve as chairman of the advisory board.

The advisory board will review proposals together with an operations team of entrepreneurs and executives including:  Paul Nikolich, Chair of IEEE 802; Chris Grobicki, Technical Advisor; Gerry White, CTO, and Dr. Itzhak Gurantz, Founder and CTO of Entropic Communications.  Liz Weeks of YAS will oversee the application process.

Upon selection, the individuals or teams involved in the winning submission will embark on a six-week hands-on training session at the Yassini Broadband Knowledge Center to familiarize them with the tools available for their research. The following nine months will include extensive mentoring and collaboration between the visiting students and the members of the Center. At the end of the learning cycle, participants will present their research at an annual Broadband Summit.

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