FCCs RFC for the Definition of Broadband

Ted Fischer ted at fred.net
Wed Aug 26 10:50:03 CDT 2009

Paul Timmins wrote:
> Fred Baker wrote:
>> On Aug 24, 2009, at 9:17 AM, Luke Marrott wrote:
>>> What are your thoughts on what the definition of Broadband should be 
>>> going
>>> forward? I would assume this will be the standard definition for a 
>>> number of
>>> years to come.
>> Historically, narrowband was circuit switched (ISDN etc) and broadband 
>> was packet switched. Narrowband was therefore tied to the digital 
>> signaling hierarchy and was in some way a multiple of 64 KBPS. As the 
>> term was used then, broadband delivery options of course included 
>> virtual circuits bearing packets, like Frame Relay and ATM.
> of or relating to or being a communications network in which the 
> bandwidth can be divided and shared by multiple simultaneous signals (as 
> for voice or data or video)
> That's my humble opinion. Let them use a new term, like "High Speed 
> Internet".

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