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.


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