America's broadband networks are better than those in Europe in terms of speed and coverage, despite the widespread belief to the contrary.
ITIF and the Voice Communication Exchange are co-sponsoring the 2013 Start!Forum, which seeks to address the range of telecommunications issues driving the transition to all-IP networks. As part of the event, ITIF Senior Research Fellow Richard Bennett will discuss the transition to all-IP networks as part of the panel discussion Knowledge and Power - The Information Theory of Capitalism. For free registration please use the promo code "ITIF."
Confronting Broadband Reality
We've all heard the story: America's broadband networks are second rate. We pay exorbitant prices for shoddy service because broadband providers print money and hold innovation in a death grip. While America languishes, our competitors in Europe and Asia are racing ahead to a user-generated content utopia. The only way forward is a government takeover, or failing that, a massive dose of regulation.
The only problem with this story is that it's almost completely untrue.
The IP Transition: An Engineering Perspective
Senior Fellow Richard Bennett will present on on IP transition panel regarding how the pace of change in today’s telecommunications marketplace demands constant vigilance to keep up with the latest technologies. The devices that many of us use every day – smartphones, tablets, e-readers – are easy to “get.” But what about the networks these products rely on? How do they work, and are they able to keep up? Just as the black rotary dial gave way to the iPhone, so too are fundamental changes occurring in our networks, only it’s more difficult to see and understand. We’re moving from a system that has relied on copper connections and circuit switches to one that will be reliant upon fiber optics and Internet protocols. USTelecom has invited experts to discuss these changes, from an historical and engineering perspective. Visit the USTelecom website for more information.