Remote communities are at a disadvantage when it comes to seeking better education, better jobs, and higher levels of civic participation. Governments around the world have recognised the damage the digital divide can create, and have initiated programmes to encourage communities to build and manage their own broadband access networks. Yet creating a network infrastructure to serve outlying communities is not straightforward.
Broadband Services brings together all aspects of the problem technical, regulatory and economic into one comprehensive volume. It contains inclusive coverage of the emerging business and technology models for broadband networks, and discusses innovations and challenges in the related technology fields, as well as the legal framework and business models for home user and community networks.
The holistic approach of Broadband Services
- Encompasses business, regulatory and economic issues as well as technical solutions.
- Discusses business models for FTTx, as well as for dark fiber/metro fiber/municipal fiber networks.
- Presents cutting–edge technologies, such as xDSL, FTTx and Ethernet, cable networks, and broadband wireless access and illustrates how to implement them to best effect.
- Includes a section on business models and case studies from North America and Europe demonstrating that solutions are economically and practically viable.
Provides network engineers, planners and designers, as well as researchers, students, and academics, with an integrated view of the applications, business considerations and technology aspects of delivering broadband services to business, public and residential users.
About the Editors.
List of Contributors.
1. Introduction (Imrich Chlamtac, Ashwin Gumaste and csaba A. Szabó).
PART ONE: APPLICATIONS AND SERVICES.
2. Broadband Home/Entertainment Services (Arieh Moller and Roy Isacowitz).
3. Applications and Services to Meet Society–Related Needs (Csaba A. Szabo).
PART TWO: BUSINESS MODELS.
4. Key Legal and Regulatory Issues Affecting Community Broadband Projects in the United States (Sean Stokes and Jim Baller).
5. European Telecommunication Law and Community Networks (Giovanni Pascuzzi and Andrea Rossato).
6. Models for Public Sector Involvement in Regional and Local Broadband Projects (Gareth Hughes).
7. Customer Owned and Municipal Fiber Networks (Bill St. Arnaud).
8. Towards Technologically and Competitively Neutral Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Infrastructure (Marvin Sirbu and Anupam Banerjee).
PART THREE: TECHNOLOGY.
9. Backbone Optical Network Design for Community Networks (Ashwin Gumaste, Csaba A. Szab o and Imrich Chlamtac).
10. A Comparison of the Current State of DSL Technologies (Scott A. Valcourt).
11. Fiber in the Last Mile (Ashwin Gumaste,, Nasir Ghani and Imrich Chlamtac).
12. Ethernet in the First Mile (Wael William Diab).
13. DOCSIS as a Foundation for Residential and Commercial Community Networking over Hybrid Fiber Coax (Steven Fulton, Chaitanya Godsay and Radim Barto ).
14. Broadband Wireless Networks: a Roadmap to Emerging Trends and Standards (E. Baccarelli, M. Biagi, Raffaele Bruno, Marco Conti and Enrico Gregori).
PART FOUR: CASE STUDIES.
15. Community Networks in North America (Priya Shetty and Ashwin Gumaste).
16. European Broadband Initiatives with Public Participation (Csaba A. Szabó).