FCCs RFC for the Definition of Broadband

Fred Baker fred at cisco.com
Wed Aug 26 12:38:38 CDT 2009

If it's about stimulus money, I'm in favor of saying that broadband  
implies fiber to the home. That would provide all sorts of stimuli to  
the economy - infrastructure, equipment sales, jobs digging ditches,  
and so on. I could pretty quickly argue myself into suggesting special  
favors for deployment of DNSSEC, multicast, and IPv6. As in, use the  
stimulus money to propel a leap forward, not just waste it.

On Aug 26, 2009, at 9:44 AM, Carlos Alcantar wrote:

> I think the big push to get the fcc to define broadband is highly  
> based
> on the rus/ntia setting definitions of what broadband is.  If any  
> anyone
> has been fallowing the rus/ntia they are the one handing out all the
> stimulus infrastructure grant loan money.  So there are a lot of
> political reasons to make the definition of broadband a bit slower  
> than
> one would think.  I guess it doesn't hurt that the larger lec's with  
> the
> older infrastructure are shelling out the money to lobby to make sure
> the definition stays as low as can be.  They don't want to see the gov
> funding there competition.  Just my 2 cents.
> -carlos
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ted Fischer [mailto:ted at fred.net]
> Sent: Wednesday, August 26, 2009 8:50 AM
> To: nanog at nanog.org
> Subject: Re: FCCs RFC for the Definition of Broadband
> 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".
> Seconded

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