Planet Broadband-A Pioneering Tech Inventor’s
Commitment To Ubiquitous Broadband Connectivity For All
More than 30 years ago Dr.Rouzbeh Yassini, the CEO of a then unheralded tech company named LANcity, began leading a 13-person team that worked tirelessly to develop the first-ever cable modem. Their pioneering invention would lead to cable’s historic DOCSIS specifications and would ultimately usher in the modern global broadband era and a multi-billion-dollar broadband industry.
Dr. Yassini has long been driven by his passionate vision to bring affordable broadband to all, regardless of their economic status. In his view, it’s every citizen’s right to be empowered and enabled by the essential connectivity of broadband.
The potential for broadband to advance medical technologies, intelligent cities, Smart Campuses, telemedicine, connected cars and highways is vast given our strengths in innovation, creative problem solving and initiative.
In 2008, Dr. Yassini launched the Yassini Broadband Knowledge Center in Boston, offering research grants and facilities to investigate fresh ideas in broadband technology. These programs were transferred to UNH through the Broadband Center of Excellence in 2012, where Dr. Yassini served as Executive Director.
Of primary importance to realizing his continuing vision and one of the objectives of the UNH BCOE, is to create a much needed broadband era of funding for the research to empower this country’s world leadership in broadband innovation.
Dr. Yassini holds an Honorary Ph.D. in Science and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from West Virginia University; an Honorary Ph.D. from Merrimack College; and an equivalent MBA from General Electric’s Financial Management Program. Dr. Yassini is a member of the Lane Department Academy and the West Virginia University Academy of Distinguished Alumni.