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100 Megabits to the home by 2015?

ftthcouncil.gifCan Americans dream about a day when they get a 100-megabit-per-second broadband connection, delivered over fiber? FTTH Council, says yes, and is pushing the US government to adopt a 100 Megabit Nation policy. The Council says that we have the technology, and the carriers (and cable providers) have the networks to make it all a reality – with a little pressure from Washington D.C.

The FTTH Council’s recommendation included the goal of extending, through both private and public sector initiatives, affordable next-generation broadband to a majority of Americans by 2010, with universal availability by 2015.

The Council wants Congress and the President to act fast on this – otherwise we will be stuck in the slow lane, of sub-10 megabit per second speeds. Every day we twiddle our thumbs, we lose some of the edge when it comes to developing clever ways to use the bandwidth. My simple argument is that what x86 was to the PC era, bandwidth is to the broadband era. The more bandwidth we have, the more innovative ways we will find to use it, thus creating another cycle of innovation.

75 Responses to “100 Megabits to the home by 2015?”

  1. Lucey Ducey

    The U.S. is lagging badly behind Asis and some of the northern European countries when it comes to peak bandwidth availability to residential subscribers. But this is not surprising since the same thing happened in the wireless handset market.

    Instead of 100Mbps FTTH, the U.S should be bold and contemplating 1Gig (or why not 10G’s) to the home over fiber and ubitiquous wifi everywhere. Some kid in high school right now will make billions fromt this opportunity.

  2. If the CellCo’s spent half their ad budget on upgrading their network to interoperate with the real Broadband Metro Area Wireless Mesh and new WiMAX networks and focused on providing solid voice, instead of hyping/spinning their lame Narrowband 500Kbps of data services maybe we’d be able to come up with a serious 5-10Mbps per sub.
    I do not believe the 100Mbps figures for the European and Asian markets. These figures might apply in the major cities but what do they get in their countryside-anything??


  3. frankly speaking, all this number is mainly for marketing purpose i believe. first of all, it’s the server on the other side of the connection determines how fast the transmission can be. Secondly, ask yourself if you really want to put all the application and data online while hard disk / flash memory now is amazingly cheap.

    sit back and relax, you may be able to see the real picture.

  4. Oh, not a big deal. In Russia (in biggest cities) 1Mb is the best you can expect, and most of “broadband” users have no more than 512 or even 256 Kb. Not to mention dial-up which is still used by the most part of web users (ADSL and other broadband technologies became common only in last couple of years).

    Oh my, they have 500x faster in Stockholm, as said above. And it’s only a few hundred kilometers from where I live…

  5. Jacob Varghese

    100mbps sounds great, but when you pair it with something like running fiber to the home, it sounds a little antiquated – especially in regards to a standard for 2015.

    Shouldn’t WIMAX/WIFI be the delivery method with ethernet/fiber on the backend handling the load? That would be much cheaper and easier to implement.

    Robert, you don’t need 100mbps to implement thin-client computing at least not if you’re using Citrix.

  6. UK is pretty useless at this – unless you have cable (you can now get 20Mb/s) you are stuck with BT and if you get consistently over about 4.5Mbps it’s cause for champagne.

  7. David Kluskiewicz

    Connecticut completed a 100Megabit network for its public schools, community colleges and libraries in 2006. But, other than fast video transmission it’s hard to know what the benefits of the increased capacity are. There need to be more comments like #1 (Robert Dewey) that explain the possibilities created by increased bandwidth.

  8. John Doe

    to the person saying that they have 100 mbs for home users in Danmark. Could you provide me info on your internet provider, as i believe that is not correct.

  9. grahame

    And all of the while…the trusty rusty copper that is my connection to the worldwide-super- backroad just about gives me 2Mb/s with a good wind behind it …until October that is, when WHOOOOOOOOOOOO I’ll get 6-8Mb/s!! Whoo Hoo!

    I’ll have any salt left over after Om Malik is finished with it!

  10. Bill Daniels

    With regard to Manish jain’s comment – I strongly suspect that people, apart from a small but vocal minority, don’t actually care what goes on in india and other third world countries.

  11. Steve Jones

    The lines are so poor in the uk, also every isp saturates the lines with too many customers. The country is 99% lagfest.

    I’ve been seriously thinking about moving to Sweden, France or Holland. Yes! just for the internet.

  12. dream-on, i say. until the competitive broadband landscape gets FIXED in the U.S..

    And this will only get achieved IF AND ONLY IF federal and perhaps, more realistically and importantly LOCAL government step-in BIG TIME when it comes to rolling-out broadband INFRASTRUCTURE.

    Because a strong INFRASTRUCTURE, that isn’t owned by a single private entity but rather owned and operated by local government and LEASED to a myriad of competing providers, is the backbone of a competitive broadband landscape.

    Aside from a few forward-thinking municipalities rolling out their own infrastructures, right now the only entities rolling out fiber in the U.S. are phone companies painstakingly trying to reinvent themselves as all-encompassing communications + media companies with bundled deals. And experience shows they have their own agenda as to what we can do with their pipes: nothing that would allow us to communicate and consume media “too freely” and too advantageous rates.

    Yes Verizon, i’m looking at you.

  13. We already have 100+ Mbps to the home here in Denmark and the government have mandated that 100Mbps will be the minimum you can have to the home.

    As far as I know they expect all service providers to have rolled out 100Mbps to all customers withing the next 18 – 24 months.

  14. Rishi Sachdev

    Please realize that all the dollars signs on the HKBN website are in Hong Kong Dollars ( one eight of the USD ) while my reference to 1gb/s internet was in US dollars.

  15. The US continually seems to be the unwieldy monster, trudging toward technological development. Maybe if we spent half as much on these things as we do our star wars defense capabilities (particle beams, airborne lasers, metastable nuclear isomers, etc) we might be happily on our way toward realizing our terabit fantasies. But alas, we are relegated to accepting technological hand-me-downs… I do hope we see 100Mbps some day, but it will probably be more interesting to see what the rest of the world has by the time we reach that mark.

  16. Interesting Om, the adoption rate also would be awesome, current US broadband adoption rate is 1% per month (home users) and has reached 80%+.
    I hope we will have our data in cloud and move around…

    kind rgrgds

  17. 100Mbps would successfully support widespread thin-client computing. This is an area I’ve messed around with; I can run a full-fledged OS (Knoppix) from the CD-ROM of a PC connected to a 100Mbps hub. I can run things like GIMP, Open Office, and other things without much lag.

    The secret is caching a lot of this stuff into the RAM at boot. You can also use a section of your hard drive as an encrypted swap…

    It’s pretty interesting, and it WILL open up gateways to new types of computing.