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Broadband Library: Two Sides to Every Story
We write a regular feature "Two Sides to Every Story" for Broadband Library, a quarterly publication that goes to all members of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE). Our columns appear on facing pages to present contrasting viewpoints on a cable/telecom industry topic.
When the current issue is distributed to SCTE members, we post a summary of our columns here, with links to the columns in the online digital edition.
Our full columns from earlier issues are listed below in reverse chronological order - most recent first.
Summer 2010 (current) - The US Broadband Plan
Spring 2010 - LTE vs. WiMAX for 4G
Winter 2009 - "Always-On" Applications
Fall 2009 - Technology in Consumer's Lives
Summer 2009 - Forecasting Cable's Future
Our columns in the Summer 2009 issue focused on forecasting the future of cable technologies and services. The issue theme was "Transitioning to the Future: Remembering Our Past", so we looked at a planning project we did for a mid-size MSO more than a decade ago. Sandy concluded "we envisioned the future we have arrived at today. Dave admitted that "many of our key assumptions have proven correct" but says "we were right about some of today’s services—-but wildly off on the timing."
Spring 2009 - Multi-room DVR
Winter 2008: We described some problems cable operators have had in detecting customer problems, and by contrast discuss the new technologies telephone companies are deploying for remote monitoring. Sandy described a recent experience our daughter and son-in-law had with their cable service and asked "When a triple-play house loses all their service, can't automated tools flag it and proactively deploy repair?" Dave described the technologies telcos are deploying to manage triple-play services and said "TR-069 is fast becoming the global standard for remote management of triple-play services."
Fall 2008: We focused on tru2way--a "virtual cable box" that can be embedded in consumer electronics equipment. Sandy said "tru2way is a great step forward in cable's evolution" but said the cable industry isn't moving fast enough "to open up the tru2way platform to encourage the development of innovative applications." Dave said "it is hard for the cable industry to move quickly to open up the tru2way environment" and concluded "innovative applications will have to wait until later."
Summer 2008: This issue celebrates the 25th anniversary of Cable-Tec Expo. In looking back at the past 25 years, we said technology advances have made our lives both better and more difficult. Dave described the early days of Prodigy Services Company and concluded "...the visions we had 25 years ago are here today ... there's no question that life is better as a result." Sandy countered "using new technologies isn't always beneficial."
Spring 2008: We discussed recent moves by the cable industry toward tiered pricing after many years of selling broadband services at a flat monthly rate. Dave said MSOs should never have promised "unlimited flat rate". Sandy thought flat rate pricing was necessary at the birth of the broadband industry.
Winter 2007: Reflecting our early experience with broadband, we articulated different views of the roles the cable and telephone industries would play in the evolution of broadband services.
Fall 2007 Has networked PC video become a major threat to MSOs?
Spring 2007: In our first column, we debated the reality of the broadband home.