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Re: Ethernet won (was: RE: [funsec] Not so fast, broadband...)

  • From: Fergie
  • Date: Tue Mar 13 23:47:26 2007

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- -- Sean Donelan <[email protected]> wrote:

>On Tue, 13 Mar 2007, [email protected] wrote:
>> Sure, as long as you're willing to fork over the cash for CPE capable of
>> handling OC-XX linecards.  The service cost is hardly the only cost
>> associated with buying that kind of bandwidth.  It's amusing to me that
>> we're worrying about FTTH when some of the largest carriers are still
>> not capable of delivering ethernet handoffs in some of those same top 30
>> cities. Don't we need to get there first before we start wiring
>> everyone's home with fiber and a small router with an SFP?
>Bell Atlantic had ethernet access since the early 1990's, along with FDDI,
> SMDS, ATM, etc, etc, etc and whatever else various government agencies 
>wanted to buy around Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC.  Now AT&T, 
>Qwest and Verizon have metro ethernet access tariffs in major cities in 
>each of their territories.  Ethernet seems to have won for data access
>especially for 10Gbps and greater.

I know I saw a reference to "...wiring everyone's homes..." in the
exchange above, so...

Perhaps, depending on the last-mile and the consumer/business
distinction, but up through the late 90's, all that was available
to consumers (at best) was ISDN in Bell Atlantic territory -- at
least in Northern Virginia. I left that area around 2000.

>If you've got the money, they've got the ethernet for you.
>Unfortunately, "I want it" isn't a good business case.

True enough, and let's not confuse "business services" with
"consumer services." The telcos/cablecos don't. :-)

- - ferg

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