Networking & Internet

100-Mbit Cable Internet To Hit U.S. In 2006

By Reuters

Broadband Internet access via TV cables can reach 100 Megabits per second as early as next year, 50 times faster than the average broadband speeds now offered to cable TV homes, a Finnish firm said on Wednesday.

Similar data transmission speeds are possible over fibre networks, but these cost much more for the operators to build.

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Broadband speed war emerges

By Marguerite Reardon

A broadband speed war is emerging as cable operators raise data rates in regions where Verizon Communications is selling its Fios fiber-to-the-home service. In the past two months, cable operators have begun increasing download speeds on their broadband networks. It’s little coincidence that these higher speeds are being rolled out in regions of the country where Verizon has begun offering its Fios service, which runs over a fiber network that reaches directly into people’s homes. In May, Cox Communications boosted speeds in its Northern Virginia territory to 15mbps. It began offering a similar service in Rhode Island in June. On Thursday, Adelphia announced that it is raising speeds to 16mbps to residents in Leesburg, Va. On Monday, Cablevision, which already has one of the fastest residential cable broadband networks in the country, announced it had demonstrated a 100mbps service over its existing cable infrastructure. The company has no immediate plans to offer a 100mbps service to residential customers, but it is offering it to business customers in Oyster Bay, on Long Island, N.Y. This is certainly good news for geeks!

An Internet Father wants to be a Dad again

By Mark Baard

David Clark, who was one of the leaders of the development of the Internet in the 1970s, is working with the National Science Foundation on a plan for a whole new infrastructure to replace today’s global network. The NSF aims to put out a request for proposals in the fall for plans and designs that could lead to what Clark called a “clean slate” internet architecture. Those designs, Clark said, could be tested on the National LambdaRail, the nationwide optical network that researchers are using to experiment with new networking technologies and applications.

Two NSF program directors in the agency’s Networking Technology and Systems program refused to speak on the record about the $200,000 grant the agency gave Clark to explore his “clean slate” internet idea. Nor would they comment on a broader initiative taking shape at the NSF, of which Clark said his research is a component.

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