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Re: Broadband v. baseband ... again?

  • From: Tom Lettington
  • Date: Thu Jul 05 14:07:21 2001

At the risk of incurring the wrath of Mr. Meyer by posting without permission, I offer the following: Harry Newton, of "Newton's TELECOM Dictionary - The Official Dictionary of Telecommunications & the Interent" (Updated 15th Expanded Edition), defines "Broadband" (in the WAN context) as anything over 45Mbps (T3).

The language we use in our industry is evolving at an extremely rapid rate. The great unwashed masses don't necessarily stick with the time honored definitions we would prefer that they admire, respect, and accept as gospel. Get over it!

- Tom

At 10:28 AM 7/5/2001 -0700, Roeland Meyer wrote:

Broadband isn't a speed, it's a signaling architecture. The alternative is
baseband. Ethernet is baseband. Broadcast radio is broadband. Now that you
have the two competing terms, please see your friendly neighborhood search
engine (PSYFNSE).

BTW, silence is a poor excuse for posting a message.

From: Larry Diffey []
Sent: Thursday, July 05, 2001 10:13 AM

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 consumer.

Oh wise nanogers, what speeds do we need to achieve for the average consumer
before we truly have broadband?

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.

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