development and expansion of consumer networking is critically
dependent on the availability of broadband connections from
residences to public telecom networks. Over the past few
years, significant residential broadband access deployment has
begun in the USA and globally, using a variety of technologies
and business models.
This panel will explore these broadband access alternatives,
their technical strengths & weaknesses, deployment and business
objectives to provide insights for guiding the direction of
consumer networking. The panelists will represent a range
of access service providers, technologies and geographies.
Each panelist will describe their current broadband access program,
the rationale for making their technology choice, the services
they provide, their challenges, and their view on deployment
timing and coverage. They will be asked to describe new
technologies or devices they would like to see from the consumer
electronics industry, and to discuss how the telecom and consumer
networking research communities might collaborate to advance
new residential communication services and capabilities.
The panel invitees will be selected for their ability to discuss
both the technology and business issues of broadband access,
along with a vision for new services and the substantial opportunities
in consumer electronics and networking.