Arlen, G. "Gig-E in the average broadband home." Multichannel News. 23:1 2002



Recently, The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) USA’s Washington workshop was held to develop a “U.S. National Policy for Accelerating Broadband Deployment. The workshop was attended by members of the FCC, White House, Capital Hill and other regulatory agencies but surprisingly few cable or telephone company representatives were in the audience. The intent of the workshop was to get the word out to policy makers about high-speed internet options. During the keynote, a Gigabit Ethernet over Fiber (GEF) structure was proposed as a possible technology to deliver broadband to the home. Today GEF is used almost exclusively as first mile solutions, but GEF is a “simple network” which offers an order of magnitude greater bandwidth at lower costs than traditional telephone or cable technologies. An added plus; most home computers are equipped with Ethernet cards.

The IEEE workshop insights and visions were right in line with the experiences and behaviors of broadband customers reported in two recent studies from the Pew Internet and American Life Center and Women Impacting Public Policy . Interestingly, Verizon Communications partially funded these two studies a reminder that the telephone industry has a vested interest in steering broadband agendas.