33 Years of the Digest ... founded August 21, 1981
Copyright © 2015 E. William Horne. All Rights Reserved.
The Telecom Digest for Jan 30, 2015
|Let those flatter, who fear: it is not an American art. - Thomas Jefferson|
See the bottom of this issue for subscription and archive details.
|Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 04:24:04 -0500 From: tlvp <mPiOsUcB.EtLlLvEp@att.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Tons of AT&T and Verizon customers may not have "broadband" on Thursday Message-ID: <email@example.com> On Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:55:14 -0500, Bill Horne, quoting Jon Brodkin, wrote: > New 25Mbps minimum would leave 19% of US homes without broadband access. We may not have 'broadband access", but we've got "High Speed Internet" -- or anyway, that's what at&t (and now Frontier) call their ADSL service, with its supersonic 768 Kbps (nominal) download speeds (and, I think, roughly 150 Kbps upload speeds). And we had that long before the new 25 Mbps minimum cut off our "broadband access". Doesn't that cheer you up? Cheers, -- tlvp -- Avant de repondre, jeter la poubelle, SVP. ***** Moderator's Note ***** When I compare what is offered in the U.S. to the services available in Europe and Japan, it depresses the hell out of me. Bill Horne Moderator|
|Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 22:42:24 -0500 From: Barry Margolin <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Tons of AT&T and Verizon customers may not have "broadband" on Thursday Message-ID: <barmar-7D1696.firstname.lastname@example.org> In article <email@example.com>, Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> wrote: > New 25Mbps minimum would leave 19% of US homes without broadband access. What an incredibly misleading headline. They'll have exactly the same service they have now, it just won't be called broadband by the FCC. The rest of us aren't bound by the FCC's terminology, which is mainly useful for them compiling statistics about the availability of different services. I'm reminded of the old quote (supposedly from Abraham Lincoln): Q: How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? A: Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it one. And Pluto didn't change in any way when astronomers decided that it didn't fit the definition of "planet". Finally, telecommunications engineers have had a completely different definition of "broadband" for many years. It's not related to any specific speed, just the ability to carry multiple signals: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broadband -- Barry Margolin, firstname.lastname@example.org Arlington, MA *** PLEASE post questions in newsgroups, not directly to me *** ***** Moderator's Note ***** That's why "broadband" was in quotes on the subject line ... Bill Horne Moderator|
|Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:29:04 -0800 (PST) From: Neal McLain <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Google expanding fiber service to 4 Southeastern metro areas Message-ID: <email@example.com> By Associated Press, CED, 01/28/2015 - 12:15pm Google said Tuesday it has selected four metro areas in the Southeast to receive its fiber optic service that can deliver Internet speeds at more than 50 times the national broadband average. The company said it will bring gigabit-speed service to Nashville, Tennessee; Atlanta; and Raleigh-Durham and Charlotte in North Carolina. Google officials said five Western cities previously identified as finalists remain in the running for fiber down the line. "We had four cities here in the Southeast that were ready to go," said Kevin Lo, Google's general manager for fiber services. "I want to be really clear that this is not 'no' to anybody for the other five metro areas." The other five cities in the running are Phoenix; Salt Lake City; San Jose, California; Portland, Oregon; and San Antonio. http://www.cedmagazine.com/news/2015/01/google-expanding-fiber-service-to-4-southeastern-metro-areas?et_cid=4387036&et_rid=652835436&type=cta -or- http://tinyurl.com/khu6g6n Neal McLain 01-28-15 2130 CST|
TELECOM Digest is an electronic journal devoted mostly to telecom- munications topics. It is circulated anywhere there is email, in addition to Usenet, where it appears as the moderated newsgroup 'comp.dcom.telecom'.
TELECOM Digest is a not-for-profit educational service offered to the Internet by Bill Horne.
The Telecom Digest is moderated by Bill Horne.
43 Deerfield Road
Sharon MA 02067-2301
bill at horne dot net
This Digest is the oldest continuing e-journal about telecomm- unications on the Internet, having been founded in August, 1981 and published continuously since then. Our archives are available for your review/research. We believe we are the oldest e-zine/mailing list on the internet in any category! URL information: http://telecom-digest.org Copyright © 2015 E. William Horne. All rights reserved.
Finally, the Digest is funded by gifts from generous readers such as yourself. Thank you!
All opinions expressed herein are deemed to be those of the author. Any organizations listed are for identification purposes only and messages should not be considered any official expression by the organization.