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Friday, February 06, 2004


"Is Broadband Broad Enough? Telcos betting on "broadband lite" are sure to lose"

Always On carries an interesting article by Michael Topic about the inadequacy of most telcos' concept of broadband.
"My money is on physics. Delivery via fiber to the home (FTTH), high-speed wireless meshes ( WiFi and WiMAX ), and purpose-built wireline data networks will always trump phone lines on steroids. Yet much of the investment in broadband provision still remains focused on sheep in wolves’ clothing: ADSL and cable modems. Ironically, outlying rural areas are getting serious bandwidth long before more affluent urban areas, installed by community-based operators, because the established telcos won’t serve them at all. It seems that "rolling your own" is almost the only way to get ultra broadband service."


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