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To: axial who wrote (46084)10/26/2017 4:31:33 PM
From: Frank A. Coluccio  Read Replies (1) of 46643
HI Jim,

Thanks for the heads-up regarding the link error.

My question was rhetorical, to highlight the common confusion that exists around the terms "wireless" and "mobile".

As relates to fobbing off inferior speed, agreed. The incumbents have willfully engaged in holding back since the early nineties. In 1995 FSAN was formed to define the roadmap for "broadband".

Immediately, a handful off companies, among them Next Level Communications, founded in 1994, jumped to the opportunity to produce hardware that was suitable for the four different design templates outlined in FSAN, mostly based on PON. The tail sections to homes were optional, of three different media types, interchangeable between unshielded twisted pair, coaxial cable and fiber. The hardware for as many FTTH/FTTP designs became available relatively early in this process (pre Y2K), but for obvious reasons the carriers weren't biting, so the shelves remained full of goodies that eventually went nowhere. What a waste.

The company was subsequently acquired by General Instrument, IIRC, Motorola, and not sure how many others. At times this activity was discussed by Tom Eames, one of NL's principals, over on the Last Mile Technologies thread.


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