Reshaping the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) seems to happen with regularity every four or eight years at the start of a new US administration -- and this time around it's no different with regard to change. However, one massive difference between this administration change and the last is the birth of a global digital economy that relies on broadband technology more so than ever before.
Eight years ago, technology like ultra-broadband 5G and Gigabit services were just a dream -- in fact, according to an article from CNET, the average Internet speed in the US was around 5.1 Mbps in 2009. By comparison, in 2016 the average
download speed for broadband users was 50 Mbps. Imagine where we'll be four to eight years from now, coupled with the growth projections for the Internet of Things, smart city, mobile video and more, and you'll get an idea of the impact that new FCC Chairman Ajit Pai stands to make on shaping legislation and policy that can impact the global digital economy for years to come.
With that in mind, check out our slideshow of The Broadband Bunch.
Raised in America's countryside, recently appointed FCC Chairman Ajit Pai will benefit rural broadband because he understands all sides -- rural consumers, providers and regulators, say industry watchers such as Doug Brake, Telecommunications Policy analyst at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF). Some are concerned that Pai holds opposing views from predecessor Tom Wheeler on topics including net neutrality, government regulations and Title II. "I favor a free and open Internet and I oppose Title II. That's pretty much all I can say about that topic," said Pai during his first press conference after being named chairman. (Photo source: FCC)
It faces an uphill climb, but Viasat is exploring a plan to build 300 low-earth orbit satellites that could deliver low-latency broadband service and qualify for the US Rural Digital Opportunities Fund.
Over the next two years, approximately 60% of service providers (both large and small) will adopt virtualization on a wide scale across their networks, according to the latest survey report from Ovum. Why are providers making these moves? Is there an easy way to start?
Learn how and why service providers are using virtualization to transform their networks. This webinar will look at how providers are leveraging virtualization to create more flexible and agile networks while also providing a better customer experience. Expert speakers from netElastic and Heavy Reading will address the industry drivers for network virtualization, the benefits that can be realized, the challenges to face and the results of virtualization being achieved by providers today.
Key topics will include:
Current network infrastructure and the move to virtualization
Benefits and challenges of network virtualization
How providers can get started
Service provider success stories: the decision to virtualize, the solution, and results