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The regulatory challenge of broadband technologies

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The evolution of broadband technologies is described, focusing on fiber loops and broadband switching. Broadband service opportunities are briefly examined. It is contended that while most countries accept novel communications technology and rapidly integrate their benefits into public telecommunication networks, the micromanagement style prevalent in the USA precludes the provision of many services that will be possible through breakthroughs in broadband technology. To support this argument, the plans followed by Japan, France, West Germany, and the United Kingdom are presented and contrasted with the situation in the USA.<>

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Communications Magazine, IEEE  (Volume:27 ,  Issue: 1 )

Date of Publication:

Jan. 1989

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