[funsec] Not so fast, broadband providers tell big users (fwd)
dts at senie.com
Tue Mar 13 18:35:47 UTC 2007
At 02:15 PM 3/13/2007, Todd Vierling wrote:
>On 3/13/07, Roland Dobbins <rdobbins at cisco.com> wrote:
>> > There are other technologies better
>> > suited to rural deployment, such as satellite, powerline, some cable,
>> > or even re-use of the previous generation's ADSL gear once metro areas
>> > are upgraded.
>>Or something like WiMAX?
>Depends on how rural the area is. Some parts of the US have
>problematic terrain and *very* sparse population; there, the cost
>would far outweigh the subscriber uptake. Should someone want
>bandwidth in such an area, powerline or satellite are probably better
You've mentioned powerline a few times. Care to expand on the
business case for BPL? One vendor has gear which does not blanket the
RF spectrum with noise (Motorola) but requires equipment on the local
feeder network, thus much equipment density. Other vendors also seem
to need fairly high equipment density. The trials to date have been
in areas with other carriers already present, and have caused
widespread RF interference (the equipment vendors have spent much PR
money trying to refute the interference evidence).
As for satellite, have you ever actually used a DirecPC or similar
service? The latency makes such services useful mostly for casual web
browsing and for email service. You can't use VPNs, VOIP, or most
other more interesting services. And the companies necessarily have
severe, enforced "fair use" throttling to ensure more than a few
users can use the service.
>(I don't mention cell-based wireless technologies, because the
>providers in that market space haven't truly awakened to the
>possibility of fixed cell termination sites for broadband-type access.
>That is generally seen as a congestion threat, not an opportunity, by
Sprint seems to be doing an OK job in this regard, actually. Their
"unlimited" contract seems to not have strings attached like Verizon
Wireless (who think "unlimited" means "use it occasionally for email,
but we really didn't mean "unlimited.").
If Sprint provided more cell coverage in the small towns of the
Berkshires, then their EVDO service with a router and data card would
be a reasonable, if a bit pricey, way to get broadband-like
performance to many more people. Alas, there seems to be no economic
incentive for them (or anyone else) to provide even voice wireless
services in that area. Last year Verizon put up a cell site in Great
Barrington, MA, resulting in an article about it in the Berkshire
Eagle. First time many people had been able to use their cell phones
in south Berkshire.
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