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January 08, 2010

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Bob Syputa

Cable broadband operators are buffeted by shifting competition which includes 3.5-4G wireless broadband. While the cable to the premises can be described as a 'last mile' connection to residential and business users, wireless broadband increasingly plays the more encompassing and enabling role of always-on 'personal broadband' connection.

The FCC new rule making proposes to adopt open access mandates for IP data networks: open devices, and open applications and content. However, the FCC has conceded that PtP file sharing as enabled by torrent programs and other uses that can adversely impact overall network performance can be managed. The principle the FCC apparently pursues is 'fair trade' usage: while it can be ok to restrict detrimental use of network resources, this must be provided on a fair and equal commercial basis to all legal usage.

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