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Broadband Library: Two Sides to Every Story: Summer 2007 (June)

Broadband Library is distributed quarterly to all members of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE). Beginning in early 2007, our column "Two Sides to Every Story" has used opposing pages to present contrasting viewpoints on a cable/telecom industry topic.

Our column in the Summer 2007 issue debates whether or not cable operators should participate in the metro Wi-Fi market.

In "Metro Wi-Fi Is Part of Mobility," Sandy says "Mobility represents a whole new ballgame for MSOs. . . . [T]here are convincing arguments for cable operators to bid on these metro Wi-Fi installations and include metro Wi-Fi as part of their mobility mix." She concludes "The metro Wi-Fi opportunity is on the table now. MSOs should play in this game."

In "Wait Until Things Settle Down," Dave agrees that "Metro Wi-Fi certainly sounds attractive", but cautioned "[N]obody has figured out how to make money on it." He concludes "Metro Wi-Fi represents a diversion of MSO effort when things that can make money . . . need all the technical resources they can get. There’s no need to do metro Wi-Fi now. Better to wait until the technologies settle down and the business model makes sense."

Next: Our column in the Spring 2007 issue debates the reality of the broadband home