Broadband v. baseband ... again?

Roeland Meyer rmeyer at
Thu Jul 5 17:28:57 UTC 2001

Broadband isn't a speed, it's a signaling architecture. The alternative is
baseband. Ethernet is baseband. Broadcast radio is broadband. Now that you
have the two competing terms, please see your friendly neighborhood search
engine (PSYFNSE).

BTW, silence is a poor excuse for posting a message.

From: Larry Diffey [mailto:ldiffey at]
Sent: Thursday, July 05, 2001 10:13 AM

Since it's so quiet in here, I want to stir things up a little with an
informal survey.

With all of this talk about broadband (mostly in reference to cable modems
and xDSL), consumers have been tricked into actually believing that if it's
faster than a modem then it's broadband.

I have a number in my head as to what I consider broadband.  It's not an
unreasonable number but it certainly does exceed what is available to the
average consumer.

Oh wise nanogers, what speeds do we need to achieve for the average consumer
before we truly have broadband?

I will try and keep track of all the numbers that you give you an average
and I'll also give you the number I had in mind.

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