100 Megabits to the home by 2015?

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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.

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Keith A

The down load is only as fast as the sending party will allow. The service providers will throttle back what ever segments they deem necessary to level the available bandwidth, and your Computer on your end plays as much a part as anything outside the walls of your home.

lars

the person in denmark who said we get 100 mbs is cheating what he forgets is in denmark we get ours from sweeden.
in denmark we pay 4 times what they do in sweeden and if u live in the middle or north denmark the very most you can get is 8mbs.
and that costs over 400 kr. about 40 english pounds.

in sweeden that will get you 24 mbs. sorry us in denmark are not only cheated, we are way behind the rest of the world. its just most danes cant admit it…

Corbo

What’s all this bitching about, 8 meg broadband is still a luxury to me having worked up through the years from a 2800bps modem connecting to bbs sites to todays 8meg internet fest.

When we get 100mb in the UK (Hello BT are you listening?) it will make VPN’s and working from home much better.

Birty McFlirty

Oh get a life. The world’s in the sh*t, people are starving and you all are complaining about the speed of your broadband connection. Jesus wept.

Oliver

I live in Australia and the fastest speeds we have are 24mbs, (which is only in some areas).
Yet, I live in a capital city and it costs about 75 USD for a 1500/256 connection. (which is the max speed here)

Its appalling, Australia is “meant” to be at the forefront of technology, but we are really lagging behind!!

not to mention our telecom companies suck ass

Mad Bob

“We have 100Mbps fibre here in Japan. Telephone and TV come along with it, and it costs about US$40 a month for all three.”

Thats MAD!… that works out about £22 per month.

In the UK it would cost £26 ($50) for “Up to” 8meg Broadband, telephone and the most basic TV package (no sports or films).

Thushara

It is a nice dream.
“Let us realize our dream through dedication “.

America is now a one of giant nation in world, so they can achive that target in future. I am a Sri Lankan and in Sri Lanka internet facilities are becoming popular & cheap. More ISPs like SLT, Suntel are giving ADSL and other services at affordable price. We can get ADSL connection 0f 2 mbps at 60 US$/month (SLR 6000/month.

Toon Macharis

Wow, 100 Mbs, I didn’t know the broadband speeds were evolving as in Belgium there barely is an evolution. The -maximum- speed connections for the moment are 20 Mbs download, 512 kbs upload. The price is about 62 euro for this package at both providers. You read it right, there are only two possible broadband providers here (and they have similar offerings). One provider (the telephone lines) is half owned by the state and the other (cable) is the only private one. I guess we have a lack of competition here. 100 Mbs would be nice.

Graham

All these great speeds don’t apply to the UK :(
ATM 24/1.3meg is tops – unless someone can say different (BE being the provider) – getting it is a different matter…. probably 16meg (if the exchange is in your back garden)

But!! I have cable :) 10/.3meg – what a joke :(

ed kitin

Hey guys – just exactly what are most people going to use 100Mbs for? Let me guess – about 50% of it will be for downloading more pornography faster, maybe another 25% for sharing episodes of Lost. And you just won’t have time to watch it all.

Leon

I left the UK in March 2002. At that time broadband was just starting to become avaialble.
The UK was being held up simply because of British Telecom’s sheer GREED.
In my view, what BT were doing is tantamount to Treason, as it surely cost the UK, Billions of Pounds in lost revenues as a trading nation.
I emigrated to the USA, and since I am now in a lower paying job, and have a mortgage and family to support, I am stuck with dial-up!
I thought things had improved in the UK, but it seems not.
Apparently Britain’s internet access is stuck in the dark ages, along with it’s transport network.
What a terrible shame. One day, I hope to return to a better, more progressive country, but for now I live in the USA :-)

ben

Im in the UK maybe London is better than the UK countryside as I get 52mbps from BT, ok, nowhere near 100, and even further away from 1000, but its not so backward.

Omair Aleem

If the technology exists, then why not issue it out right now! Why wait until 2015. In 2015, other countries would have technologically advanced much further with innovations etc. using faster bandwidth. In today’s world bandwidth means alot and the U.S. government needs to understand this and implement faster and more efficient technologies as soon as possible. In my personal opinion, 2015 is far too long to implement a 100MBPS connection. As other’s have said, countries are already looking into 1GBPS. C’mon, U.S. can do better!

Peter

100Mbps is called Vdsl which stands for very high speed DSL
If you check out the telecoms providers (the decent ones) you’ll find that they are offering these solutions as VDSL and also high speed cable access.

Its all down to IPTV and the migration to complete fixed IP network solutions. Meaning you’ll just get TV internet and phone over that one line and all the other will be cut out.

Its expensive so forcing operators to take it up is stupid and unnecessary as it’ll happen eventually anyway.

cllb21

Hey, and why don’t you look to the awesome speeds here in my country (and how do they cost). 128 Kbps (yes, kiloBITS per second) for $39.90, and thats the standard now. For $10 more, you get 200 kbps. This is from the biggest cable company here. And one year ago was only 64. One can get 2 or 3 Mbps but for hundreds of $$$ a month.
All this ’cause of the lack of a direct connection from my country (Ecuador) to those underwater cables that pass a few miles from our coasts. A high-speed link is been build right now and will be operative from September, then, maybe, will get the first more-than-1-Mbps home connections…
I really envy you all from Japan, Sweden, etc. with those 100’s in your broadband.

Shreyas Zare

I use 64kbps “broadband” in Mumbai, India. I am connected to a 100 mbps LAN network of local ISP which is city wide, but still net bandwidth is very low and expensive. Max I can get 256kbps to 2mbps (varying, probably shared) using newly deployed ADSL which is a bit costly. Anything else need I say?

Request to all web developers, please develop websites that can still be downloaded over 64kbps! Thanks.

simon early

100Mb? I live in Spain and all we can get is 512k in the mountains, if at all. We feel privileged if we can get water, let alone broadband. Electricity? Luxury! generators mate. lots of noisy polluting generators. And solar.

We want WiMAX country-wide. That’d do.

Daniel Chow

i remember 28800 speed and i was going OOO. then came 57600 and i was going OH WOW. i drooled.

technology is moving so quickly that even a young person can soon reminiscent about the “old days”. but before we put in a lot of effort in pushing to make 100 Megabit a reality, i’d think it’s wise to push to make the rest of computer users understand and know how to secure their systems, otherwise we’d probably be inundated with even more zombie computers on a very fast network. a huge waste of good bandwidth.

nobu

What’s funny is that in Indonesia, 69kbps (yes, there is such a thing) is our “broadband.”

Joe Savage

Om,
Thanks for covering our call for 100Mbit Nation. Based on a number of comments about the initiative, I encourage your readers to view our ExaFlood video. This short describes the coming deluge of data we can expect from emerging applications.
And, I encourage those citizens to make their voices heard by government officials who are responsible for making Telecommunications policy decisions.

sam walton

well what use is a huge 100Mbit/sec connection if the sit you are trying to access has a mini upload speed? as i am finding more common for me nowdays; especially on video sites!

Ben Franske

What a lot of people still fail to understand is that getting a 100Mb link to your house is one thing but unless you like to transfer big files to and from your neighbor what you really want is a reasonable amount of INTERNET bandwidth. Heck, I’d stay with my current 6-8Mb cable modem service if I could pull data that fast off the Internet. The problem is that carriers have oversubscribed their networks to the point that, in some cases, dialup is just or almost as fast. The current bottleneck is NOT in the last mile. This is not to say I wouldn’t want fiber to my home but that I do think the more pressing issue is the lack of bandwidth to the Internet.

chris holland

i’m 100% with danquin (911135) on this.

As mentioned in my last comment, parroting seemingly feel-good capitalistic phrases such as “LET THE MARKET DECIDE, keep the government out of it”, is actually taking an anti-capitalistic stance to broadband infrastructure: Local government has the most effective opportunity to lead the build out of broadband infrastructure to provide a competitive landscape.

Roads and sidewalks enabling businesses to flourish, are infrastructures just as important as a competitive broadband landscape.

danquin

And, in answer to Daniel, while I am a free-market proponent, be wary of pure “let the market decide” attitude when it comes to infrastructure. The hold-ups I describe for my area are nothing new; in the next town over there still exists a small telecom who was formed by a coalition of farmers back in the day so they could get phone service, because they were being ignored. They were being ignored because corporations will always chase the QUICKEST money, and they weren’t it. Cities are it, suburbia’s it. In this current age of conglomeration and deregulation, that’s all the more true. But government’s burden is different; it shouldn’t represent you less just because you don’t have a backyard. And governments ought to think long-term (instead of election terms, but whatever). Roads and fiber are just such good long-term state investments. Even when the market has different ideas in the moment.

My area’s growing pretty fast now–imagine if those farmers hadn’t given up part of their real jobs to get lines put up. We can’t do that again, but we don’t need to hold this area back again.

Newsman

While I have to agree with Daniel’s coment (911004) about not liking the thought of the government “interfering”, I believe that the idea of the government building out the infrastructure and then leasing it to the various internet providers is going to be the only way that we will see >10Mbit to the home any time soon.

I am somewhat luckier than some folks… I have a choice of TWO internet providers currently… the local telco (NOT a “Baby Bell” company, and so not as subject to the same rules/regulations) and the local cable company. Soon, I will have a third option, but I still won’t have anywhere close to 10Mbit/sec to the home…the best I can reasonably hope for is 6Mbit/sec.

I can see where they have been deploying fiber all around me, but I still can’t get access to that fiber. It seems like my neighborhood has been passed by while the fiber goes right past us. sigh

danquin

Bah to you all. I’m on dial-up, and not by choice. Try being born in the country (and no I can’t just leave right now), when you’re viewed as worthless markets by anyone and everyone, simply by virtue of population density and perceived nature (read: they think we’re low-tech hicks). Never mind that a)no, we’re not, and b) dial-up prices have bottomed out and so anyone who comes in will have a virtual monopoly compared to a dial-up/2nd line, density be damned.

But it does say something about the US that’s significant. #1, one big problem is that we’re not Hong Kong or Europe. We have lots of land, and while that’s great, there’s an inverse relationship between land availability and cost/benefit ratios of tech buildouts. #2, we’ve no cultural history of autocracy in any form. We’ve little precedent and less political infrastructure for broad mandates “for the good of the people.” Plus we’re federalized; states have a big say. For letting people just live their lives, it’s great. For getting asphalt laid down, it works well enough. For pulling off effectively integrated build-ins of complicated technological nature…not so much. The ripples of market motives will toss your boat in a heartbeat.

Maybe there’s a solution, and I’d love to hear if anyone had one. But I doubt it.

Heh. Funny. Maybe long term, socialism might win after all, not from the social but the technological.

Daniel

Yes, a 100mb connection would be amazing. But I hate the thought of having the government step in. Let the market dictate what will be. Not the government.

Lucey Ducey

And one more thing…for the folks that don’t believe the 100mbps availability in Asia and Europe, I think you need to visit.

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