Broadband communication expands our opportunities for entertainment, e-commerce and work at home, health care, education, and even e-government. It can make the Internet more useful to more people. But it all hinges on higher capacity in the “first mile” or “last mile” that connects the user to the larger communications network. That connection is often adequate for large organizations such as universities or corporations, but enhanced connections to homes are needed to reap the full social and economic promise.
Broadband: Bringing Home the Bits provides a contemporary snapshot of technologies, strategies, and policies for improving our communications and information infrastructure. It explores the potential benefits of broadband, existing and projected demand, progress and failures in deployment, competition in the broadband industry, and costs and who pays them. Explanations of broadband’s alphabet soup – HFC, DSL, FTTH, and all the rest – are included as well. The report’s finding and recommendations address regulation, the roles of communities, needed research, and other aspects, including implications for the Telecommunications Act of 1996.
Table of Contents
|Summary and Recommendations||5-42|
|1 Setting the Stage||43-61|
|2 What Is Broadband?||62-81|
|3 Broadband Applications and Content||82-119|
|4 Technology Options and Economic Factors||120-166|
|5 Broadband Policy and Regulation||167-215|
|Appendix A: Broadband Technologies||243-295|
|Appendix B: A Brief History of Telecommunications Regulation||296-306|
|Appendix C: List of White Papers Received||307-308|
|Appendix D: Biographies of Committee Members||309-317|
|Appendix E: List of Acronyms||318-320|
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