It's way too quiet

The FCC figure was a benchmark for the purpose of
conducting the Sec. 706 Reports. It has no more
significance than that. It was selected in part
because it was believed that at that rate, video with
sign language for the disabled would work. Other than
creating a bench mark, which the FCC stated in might
change in the future, it does not have further
regulatory signficance.


Vincent Power <> 07/05/01

02:05PM >>>

In January 1999, the FCC defined broadband as a
connection to an
end-user with speeds greater than 200 kbps in both


Since it's so quiet in here, I want to stir things

up a little with an informal survey.

With all of this talk about broadband (mostly in

reference to cable modems and xDSL), consumers have
been tricked into actually believing that if it's
faster than a modem then it's broadband.

I have a number in my head as to what I consider

broadband. It's not an unreasonable number but it
certainly does exceed what is available to the average

Oh wise nanogers, what speeds do we need to achieve

for the average consumer before we truly have

I will try and keep track of all the numbers that

you give you an average and I'll also give you the
number I had in mind.


Larry Diffey

**Incidentally, I am at this very moment wearing a

t-shirt that says "Will work for bandwidth".

Im wondering if that's why so many of the ILEC's DSL offerings are 128K
upstream - do they have anything to gain by having residential DSL service
not classifed by the FCC as a broadband service?