Dr. Steven Corbato
Global SchoolNet Foundation
Henri Verge du Pont
Julie Van Fleet
Lynn St. Amour
Redwood Technology Consortium
Susan Estrada is an Internet pioneer. Named a "thinking nerd"; by colleagues, she has a deep interest in emerging broadband technologies and making those technologies work to solve real-world problems.
As the president of the new non-profit FirstMile.US, Susan is leading the way to educate, advocate and focus the debate on the power and promise of big broadband in the United States. Her vision is that every member of the American public has access to big broadband, the 21st century pathway to a better overall quality of life.
Until March, 2005, she led CENIC's One Gigabit or Bust Initiative, and provided the vision, the managerial savvy and the technical know-how needed to bring the Initiative's multitiered goals to life. The Initiative brought together the interests of research, education, commerce, state and local government and the general public to develop an action plan for delivery of one gigabit broadband capabilities to every educational institution, business and home in California by 2010.
Under her role as president of Aldea Communications, Susan provides strategic marketing services to Internet and broadband-focused clients including services such as government relations, meeting planning, and collateral development.
Susan founded CERFnet in 1988. CERFnet was one of the original regional IP networks. It served the academic and commercial communities in California. As executive director, she took the initial NSF funding ($2.8M) and successfully commercialized the network for both the academic and private sector users, growing from 25 sites to hundreds of sites. CERFnet was later sold to TCG and is now part of AT&T. CERFnet was a particularly visible network because Ms. Estrada was able to use a small amount of resources to achieve early commercial acceptance of the Internet #8211; leading to the Interop Achievement Award in 1991. CERFnet developed a number of notable firsts for the Internet including the first deployment of dialup IP, accounting reports for customers, and high quality service.
Through her leadership and collaboration with PSInet and UUnet (now MCI), Susan helped form the interconnection enabling the first commercial Internet traffic via the Commercial Internet Exchange (CIX). Susan's high standards and attention to customer needs drove these and other developments.
Giving practical advice on getting the best Internet service, Susan wrote Connecting to the Internet, An O'Reilly Buyer's Guide, in August 1993 (a Barnes and Noble bestseller). Susan has been invited to speak on diverse subjects including education using the Internet, business on the Internet, and connecting to the Internet. She is consistently praised in evaluations for her down-to-earth presentation delivery.
As a parent of two children, Susan is strongly committed to enhancing educational programs using communications technology. Among other activities, Susan played an instrumental role by co-founding the Global Schoolhouse and organizing the California branch of Tech Corps.
Susan currently serves as a board member of the Public Interest Registry. She was an appointed member to the FCC's Technological Advisory Committee, an elected Trustee of the Internet Society, a founder of the Commercial Internet Exchange (CIX), a former area director for the Internet Engineering Software Group (IESG) and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). She was an appointed member of SBC/Pacific Telesis' Telecommunications Consumer Advisory Panel and the former member of the U.S. Federal Networking Council's Advisory Committee (FNCAC). She is listed in the Millennium and 1998-1999 editions of Who's Who in Executives and Professionals.