Under FCC chairman Ajit Pai, the United States is -- as President Trump might say -- winning bigly. By whose measure?
Pai's policies have, the report says, improved competition and investment in broadband. In particular, the report points to Pai's rollback of net neutrality in December as the reason so many cable and telecom operators are heavily investing in infrastructure. (See So Long, Net Neutrality.)
Because of Title II's demise, the market is "already responding to the more deployment-friendly regulatory environment now in place," the report says, ignoring the fact that many broadband deployments actually began in 2015 -- long before Trump or Pai governed, as an Ars Technica piece details.
Also disturbing is the FCC report's continued self-inflicted blindness about the nation's broadband standard. The agency insists on putting "high speed" and "25 Mbps/3 Mbps" in the same sentence. That lack of awareness became even more frightening when coupled with the following dated statement:
"For example, WISPA states that the current speed benchmark of 25 Mbps/3 Mbps enables Americans 'to watch Netflix, play video games and browse online without interruption even if a couple of devices are on the same connection."
This is not a dig at WISPA -- an advocacy organization for wireless service providers and ISPs -- which most likely wrote that description at least three or four years ago. (Despite an advanced search of WISPA's site and a Google search, I could not find the quote, which was attributed to WISPA without a URL in the FCC's paper.)
This is a dig at the government for using a standard that an industry organization demonstrates is not capable of handling the modern household's connected needs. To meet demand and drive the economy forward, fulfill residents' educational requirements and ease the burden on the healthcare community while reducing costs and improving outcomes via telemedicine, broadband service must be built to a higher standard.
Even if the entire country was blanketed by 25/3 coverage, the US wouldn't be winning bigly. To truly make America Broadband great, it needs nationwide symmetrical speed capable of doing all the amazing things people want to do while connected -- from transmitting cat videos to CAT scans and everything in between.
Governor JB Pritzker introduced the Broadband Advisory Panel, consisting of 25 private citizens and government professionals, who will work with ISPs to guide Illinois' $420 million investment in broadband infrastructure.
In this insightful Light Reading radio show, Kurt Raaflaub, Head of Strategic Solutions Marketing, will outline the key service provider challenges, deployment considerations, next-gen Gigabit technologies, and service models to win market share in the rapidly growing MDU market.
The cable industry took a major step in the battle for Gigabit broadband supremacy with the announcement of its 10G Platform vision. The key to realizing this vision hinges on leveraging the right access technologies and network architectures to provide the best balance of benefit versus cost.
One network path has the MSO embracing Next-Generation Hybrid Fiber Coax (NG HFC), which includes:
Distributed Access Architecture (DAA)
Full Duplex DOCSIS (FDX)
Virtual Cable Converged Access Platforms (vCCAP)
Fiber-to-the-Home/Business (FTTH/B) is another network option, affording gigabit broadband scalability and 10Gbps service capability. How is an MSO to decide where which option works best and what to do now to prepare its networks for the onslaught of high-bandwidth residential and business applications?
During this webinar, Jack Burton, principal of Broadband Success Partners, outlines current and new access network architectures. Additionally, he will examine the facts and debunk some common misconceptions surrounding both fiber and NG HFC network deployment and maintenance.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 12:00 p.m. New York / 5:00 p.m. London
Wi-Fi is the foundation of the connected home for consumers; yet, it’s often a source of frustration. With the imminent release of the new Wi-Fi 6 standard – combined with a strong Managed Wi-Fi offer – service providers can reverse subscriber frustration while tapping into new revenue streams.
Key topics include:
What’s different about Wi-Fi 6 and why it matters to your subscribers
The importance of offering Managed Wi-Fi and its connection to Wi-Fi 6
How you can elevate your brand and gain a strong foothold in the home network.