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Broadband blues: Don't fall for Lightspeed hype

Strip back all the hype, all the emotional arguments, and all the IP-driven features, and what broadband speeds are you really getting?

In the great race for global competitiveness, economic development equals broadband connectivity and broadband connectivity equals jobs. The fuel for broadband connectivity is the need for speed. Thats all the consumer needs......

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The need for speed

In another example, this is the concern: What if the demand for speed overcomes the limitation of Project Lightspeeds hardware? This is a valid concern about customers outgrowing the max speed of 25 Mbps to 30 Mbps. This apprehension is very real. The maximum will probably be hit faster than the anticipated lifespan of the network infrastructure.

Full article >>> -speed networks as well as integrating RFID tags and smart cards that will impact the integration of supply-chain management within that country. This sounds more substantial than replicating cable and delivering 200 TV channels.

Setting the standard is the sign of an industry leader. Playing catch up or providing mediocrity is the sign of a member of the trailing pack.

This lack......

Full article >>> , where they have 10 Gbps connectivity. Project Lightspeed does not promise that at all. The limitation is in the last mile of copper wire.

Why doesnt AT&T want to spend the money to build the infrastructure right? This is the same company that, when it was a monopoly and had locked-in profits, would specify platinum connections instead of copper in central offices in order to ensure ......

Full article >>> pulling fiber not copper as fiber has a much longer useful life as a basic component of the network infrastructure of the future.

The average consumer doesnt care about the physical wire that comes to the house until it becomes the deciding factor in terms of speed. The average consumer has gotten to be fairly sophisticated in knowing that copper DSL is better than dial-up, but not as ......

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'"/> By James Carlini 09/01/06

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