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Comment: Re:Let me be the first to say (Score 2) 104

by Shatrat (#48418939) Attached to: Head of FCC Proposes Increasing Internet School Fund

This doesn't jive with my experience. K-12 schools can get federal funding for IP connectivity and in my experience they generally end up with way more than they need. I've seen bus garages with Gigabit connections and elementary schools with 10Gigabit. That's enough bandwidth to aggregate thousands of broadband customers. Maybe qualifying for that funding is a pain or has limitations that some schools don't qualify for, but there's definitely a LOT of money spent every year subsidizing new fiber for schools.

Comment: Re:The Old is New again (Score 1) 150

You'd be surprised at how many of these we are still using, especially in the far north or the desert areas where it is both flat and sparsely populated.
Most of those old legacy microwaves only go up to a DS3 though, which is 28 T1s or about 45 mpbs of encapsulated Ethernet traffic.
Now there is a new generation of microwave gear going in for Wireless ISPs and cellular backhaul. A lot of it already goes up to a gigabit I believe. I'm a fiber guy though so I don't know too much about them.

Comment: Re:Why would I use it? (Score 3, Informative) 631

by Shatrat (#48252243) Attached to: Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

You understand why you get cash back though right? You get cash back because Visa/MC are charging so much extra they can afford kickbacks to the user.
By the same logic, CurrentC would be able to afford the same sort of rewards programs to get you to NOT use Visa/MC. Just because they haven't announced this doesn't mean they're not going to do it. If anything, I would expect more lucrative rewards programs because they're cutting out that middleman entirely.

Comment: Re:WTF, the antarctic gets FO before me? (Score 1) 92

by Shatrat (#48203823) Attached to: Fiber Optics In Antarctica Will Monitor Ice Sheet Melting

They are using technology developed for fiber optic communications. I expect the fiber they are using is standard single-mode G.652 fiber, and the device they are using to measure is an OTDR, which we use in telecom to measure fiber quality and locate defects/breaks.

Comment: Re:Boycott will end this in less than a week (Score 1) 204

by Shatrat (#48143963) Attached to: Netflix Video Speed On FiOS Doubles After Netflix-Verizon Deal

There is some shared medium in all the PON applications, but the segregation of traffic is handled within the PON implementation. All the customer and 3rd party service provider should see would be a transparent VLAN-tagged Ethernet pipe.
I'm not a PON expert so I don't know how security is handled. I don't know what would happen if I went out and bought my own GPON modem, plugged it into the fibers,and tried to sniff my neighbor's traffic. That's sort of outside the scope of the discussion though.

I do know if you look up all those acronyms and read the wikipedia articles, you'll know more about the future of telecom than most of the people who work in telecom. :)

Comment: Re:Boycott will end this in less than a week (Score 1) 204

by Shatrat (#48143309) Attached to: Netflix Video Speed On FiOS Doubles After Netflix-Verizon Deal

Decrypt? I think you're inventing networking technology. In a utopian muni network, the muni would offer MEF compliant E-Access service over whatever GPON, EPON, WDM-PON solution they choose. The customers would appear as VLANs at a ENNI handoff at the local CO or the nearest NAP/IXC. This is how it already works in a wholesale/large enterprise market and it's easy to buy service from one provider through an access network run by another.
Another solution that would work would be to just provide plain unbundled IP service and allow the muni customers to buy voice and video services over the top. I'm sure 3rd party IPTV could be made to work over an peered access network.

Either way, I have no doubt this would be captured and squeezed and we'd sit around blaming $OTHER_POLITICAL_PARTY for the next 50 years.

It was kinda like stuffing the wrong card in a computer, when you're stickin' those artificial stimulants in your arm. -- Dion, noted computer scientist