John Cioffi: Well first let me begin by thanking the Internet Society for selecting me. It’s truly a great honor to be inducted here into your Internet Hall of Fame. In viewing the list of previous and current inductees, one is awestruck just to be included among them. My own contributions in broadband access, particularly DSL, seem somewhat dwarfed by those of the others and I thank the Hall profusely for including me. But nonetheless, DSL is used on half a billion phone lines around the world, and I look forward to seeing billions of bits per second go to billions of people over the next decade.
As with everyone, there are many other people who’ve contributed to this area that I’d like to thank. First let me start with Stanford University, who was my employer for about two decades and where much of the early work was done. And in particular all the many students there who participated in the development of DSL. They really did all the work, and not the least of of which were some of those who joined me at a small company called Amati, which pioneered the original DSL designs in the early 1990s, including Peter Chow, Jacky Chow, Jim Aslanis, Krista Jacobsen; along with professionals from the industry, Mark flowers, Mark Mallory, and John Bingham.
Also thanks to Texas Instruments, who purchased Amati after it’d gone public with the basic DSL chips, and they promoted that area and for several years thereafter were the largest supplier of DSL components in the world.
Further, great thanks goes to my current employer, ASSIA Inc., which has been a true pioneer in advancing DSL and software definition and management of access networks, where many more former Stanford students have joined me. I’ll list here [Wonjon Lee?], Iker Almandoz, George Ginis, Mehdi Mohseni, Ardavan Maleki, Phil Bednarz, Mark Goldberg, Chiang‐yu Chen, Ming‐Yang Chen, Bin Lee, Wooyul Lee, Bill Abbott, Chan Soo Hwang, Mohamad Charafeddine, and Tosin Olatonbosun have made tremendous contributions. As well as engineering professionals there also, Peter Silverman, Mani Balakrishnan, Arash Sahidi[sp?], Sina Coleggi[sp?], and Mingxin Hwang[sp?]. Jeff Moyer, Ken Kerpez, Stefano Galli, and Kamal Yassin. And also to the rest of the very supportive staff and professional businesspeople there at ASSIA.
And finally and especially to our company’s namesake and my wife and cofounder of the company, Assia, who’s here with me tonight, a continuing source of inspiration and support. She’s sitting right over there. So, thank you very much.