FCCs RFC for the Definition of Broadband

Deepak Jain deepak at ai.net
Wed Aug 26 18:17:32 CDT 2009

Key characteristics of broadband : always on capability (reasonably, DSL ok, dial up no). I would argue 7mb is broadband even if its over carrier pigeon. (meets always on criteria).

I think the threshold for cut off is somewhere between 256kbit/s and 1.5mbit/s. If you don't think 1.5mbit is broadband, you need to consider tiers... Most of the worlds population will not see *that* speed in 20yrs.


----- Original Message -----
From: Jeffrey Lyon <jeffrey.lyon at blacklotus.net>
To: nanog at nanog.org <nanog at nanog.org>
Sent: Wed Aug 26 19:09:47 2009
Subject: Re: FCCs RFC for the Definition of Broadband

I would argue that "broadband" is the upper X percentile of bandwidth
options available to residential users. For instance, something like
Verizon FiOS would be broadband while a 7 Mbps cable wouldn't.


On Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 6:39 PM, Richard Bennett<richard at bennett.com> wrote:
> They have a saying in politics to the effect that "the perfect is the enemy
> of the good." This is a pretty good illustration. We have the opportunity to
> improve connectivity in rural America through the wise expenditure of
> taxpayer funding, and it's best not to squander it by insisting on top-shelf
> fiber or nothing at all. Let's push the fiber a little deeper, and bridge
> the last 20,000 feet with something that won't be too expensive to replace
> in 3-5 years. The budget ($7B) just isn't there to give every barn some nice
> GigE fiber, even though it would make the cows happy.
> Richard Bennett
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Joe Abley [mailto:jabley at hopcount.ca]
> Sent: Wednesday, August 26, 2009 1:42 PM
> To: Fred Baker
> Cc: nanog at nanog.org
> Subject: Re: FCCs RFC for the Definition of Broadband
> On 26-Aug-2009, at 13:38, Fred Baker wrote:
>> If it's about stimulus money, I'm in favor of saying that broadband
>> implies fiber to the home.
> I'm sure I remember hearing from someone that the timelines for disbursement
> of stimulus money were tight enough that many people expected much of the
> money to remain unspent.
> Does narrowing the scope of the funding to mandate fibre have the effect of
> funding more and better infrastructure, or will it simply result in less
> money being made available? Does it matter?

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