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Presentations and Publications by Sandy and Dave
We have written many invited articles and given many conference presentations on residential broadband and its applications. This page contains links so you can download and view our articles and presentations, listed below in reverse chronological order - most recent first.
Our presentations and articles from 2002 and earlier are on the Presentations Archive page.
Our quarterly "Two Sides to Every Story" columns are on the Broadband Library page. We write a regular column for Broadband Library, a quarterly publication that goes to all members of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE). Beginning in early 2007, every issue has contained our column, using opposing pages to present conflicting viewpoints on a cable/telecom industry topic.
Broadband Properties Magazine invited us to write about what we found most interesting at the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show for a feature in the February 2008 issue.
Our article The Video Flood looks at "the continuing trends of video coming from more creators, delivered by more distributors, and displayed on ever-more devices."
After describing the increasing sources of video content and the rapidly-expanding universe of consumer-oriented video devices, we asked "How Will This Shake Out?" and answered "...it’s likely there will be many answers rather than one. People will use many different video devices, with large, medium and small screens. They will watch video both at home and away from home. On large screens, they’ll increasingly demand high-definition quality. On small screens such as mobile phones, they’ll accept lower quality for short clips."
The FTTH Conference & Expo, sponsored by the FTTH Council, focused on the content that will fill the fiber pipe, as well as the technical, business and implementation decisions that service providers, developers and municipalities are making. This year, we gave a presentation Home Networking Technologies for Today and Tomorrow.
The CTAM organization is dedicated to cable telecommunications marketing. This year we were invited to run an interactive workshop on home networking as part of CTAM’s "Digital Products" track. The session focused on the options for moving media throughout the home as digital media proliferates. Our discussion included what’s changing in the home, what service providers and others are doing to respond, and the wired and wireless networks that reach across the PC, TV and mobile phone. You can view our presentation Home Networking Interactive Workshop.
Broadband Library is a quarterly publication that goes to all members of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE). Beginning in 2007, we have been writing a column called "Two Sides to Every Story", using opposing pages in each issue to present conflicting viewpoints on a cable/telecom industry topic. Our first three columns have disagreed about the reality of the broadband home, whether cable operators should participate in the metro Wi-Fi market, and whether networked PC video is a big threat to MSOs.
FTTH Council News, September 2006
In preparation for the upcoming FTTH Conference, the FTTH Council invited us to write an article on the state of home networking and what it means for service providers. See Whole Home Networking: Video Changes the Game in the FTTH Council September 2006 newsletter.
Teleconference, May 18, 2006
We conducted an audio teleconference for the Telecommunications SIG of the Financial Executives Networking Group (FENG). FENG is a 24,000+ member organization of senior financial executives. Our presentation (PowerPoint Show, 750 KB) established the context
and covered the disruptions coming from changes in telecommunications
Princeton, New Jersey, USA, May 20, 2005
We were invited to participate in a Summit on “Shaping New Jersey’s Telecommunications Future” at Princeton University. One of the driving reasons for the session was the recognition that telecom, which has been a significant part of New Jersey’s workforce and economic growth, has been declining rapidly in the state. Our role was to provide an overview of advances in video technology and what those could mean from the perspective of the telecom industry and also to New Jersey's citizens.
Dave spoke on Video's High-Tech Future: TV and More (PowerPoint, 1.0 MB). The talk highlighted the transition that is taking place. "Video" no longer means just broadcast analog video on a TV at one place in the home with limited sources of content and in a regulated environment. The attributes of tomorrow’s video include interactivity, video to untethered devices like cellphones, lots of video sources including everyone as a potential creator and more.
The May 2005 issue of Broadband Properties Magazine includes a cover feature "The Case For Municipal Broadband". We were asked to help municipal officials--increasingly faced by discussions involving myriad broadband technologies and concepts--make some sense out of the broadband landscape, suggesting what should be included in a rational discussion. We were not asked to advocate or oppose municipal broadband, but to clarify a complex topic and help municipal officials ask intelligent questions.
Our article A Mayor’s Guide to Broadband: The Six Leading Access Technologies explains some fundamental broadband concepts and terms like "symmetry" and "multiplexing". It provides a brief introduction to six different access mechanisms which can be used to provide broadband services.
A key point of the article is that there is no one "right" answer. The "best" technology alternative is determined by what unsatisfied needs your town is trying to satisfy, and the timeframe and costs which could constrain solutions. As in any complicated question, the answer always seems to be "it depends...".
We spoke about new wireless technologies in two sessions at this annual conference sponsored by the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE):
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, January 6-9, 2005
We organized and moderated a conference session "Broadband on Steroids"--covering 802.11n (the next generation of Wi-Fi), WiMAX and Wireless USB. Click here for a summary of the session and links to the presentations.
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, July 9, 2004
We spoke at this new conference on the convergence of consumer & healthcare technologies. Our talk Broadband and the Home Healthcare Ecosystem (PowerPoint, 2.0 MB) surveyed the impact of broadband to and in the home, and suggested that interested parties might want to consider creating an ecosystem for home health care similar to ones successfully developed for other technologies.
In this magazine which guides homebuilders on what is new and important in technology, our article focused on the importance to builders of embracing broadband. We noted that the rapid growth of broadband, the increasing use of broadband for music and video content, and the rapidly-growing interconnections between PCs and consumer electronics equipment suggest that whole-house structured wiring will soon be the norm in new construction, and not reserved just for higher-end custom homes.
HomeToys invited us to write this article about our experience with the Home by Design Showhouse. As you may have experienced in your own projects, start-up was the hardest part. Once the “plumbing” was in place, the applications we wanted to demonstrate--ranging from video entertainment to music services to showing digital photos on your big screen and much more--worked like a charm.
Las Vegas, Nevada January 11, 2004
Sandy was part of a panel at the Asoka Press Conference, where she spoke about the use of multiple solutions in meeting user’s needs for Home Networking. Sandy's talk (PowerPoint, 2.7 MB) used our own home to illustrate how we used HomePlug together with our Ethernet network to play music.
London, UK, September 8-11, 2003
Sandy spoke in the "Broadband Home Network Architectures: The Digital Home" session at this conference directed toward executives in carrier and supplier companies. Sandy's talk (PowerPoint, 4.0 MB) used our own home to illustrate the difficulties in bridging the many "islands" of technology in the home.
Madrid, Spain, May 19-21, 2003
We were guest speakers at this conference for large telecommunications carriers. Our talk (PowerPoint, 5.0 MB) covered the emerging applications for residential broadband and the challenges they pose for service providers.
Our presentation included a new version of our 11-minute "home movie" showing how we use broadband, networking and digital consumer electronics technologies in our own home.
The "home movie" is available in three formats:
Communications Technology—the Official Trade Journal of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers—invited us to submit an article based on our talk at BroadbandPlus. Our article addresses the question of what could be achieved with the current cable infrastructure if MSOs rethink the way they deliver services. The magazine made it the cover story, showing a fortune cookie with the prediction "You will advance triumphantly by re-examining some long-held assumptions about network infrastructure."
Click here to view or download the article.
We spoke twice at this industry event targeted at those who want to learn more about the growth in broadband wireless:
We reported on this conference in BBHR 5/14/2003.
San Jose, California, USA, April 1-3, 2003
We organized and moderated a session with speakers representing fixed and mobile broadband access and hotspots. We described the session in BBHR 4/16/2003.
Our opening remarks (PowerPoint, 180 KB) framed the notion of "broadband anywhere" and described two approaches toward this goal:
The session included four speakers, two representing each approach:
Presentation and articles from 2002 and earlier are on the Presentations Archive page.