Here Comes 100 Megabits

By Jim Louderback  |  Posted 2004-03-31 Print this article Print

Here Comes 100 Megabits 100 megabit to the home is coming fast. At the companion Fast Net Futures show, MetaLink Broadband conducted an actual demonstration of VDSL running at 100M bps down, and 50M bps up. It was pretty impressive. The silicon is available now, and is being adopted in Japan and other countries. However, it only works at those speeds up to about 300 meters from the CO. But at those speeds, over copper, its much more cost effective than fiber to the curb.
The falloff was impressive too. Bandwidth down dropped to 20 megabits at 2 kilometers (about a mile and a half), twice that of traditional ADSL. After about 3 kilometers, though, ADSL and MetaLinks Total VDSL exhibited similar performance characteristics.
On the upstream side, effective performance started around 9M bps, but dropped off rapidly over about a mile, and ended up equivalent to ADSL2+ at about two miles. Still, these bandwidth rates are impressive. Message to SBC: Roll VDSL out in my neighborhood, and Ill become a customer again—and Ill toss my Comcast cable modem into the trash. However, cables not sitting still either. 100-megabit cable was also discussed at the show, and its also right around the corner.

With more than 20 years experience in consulting, technology, computers and media, Jim Louderback has pioneered many significant new innovations.

While building computer systems for Fortune 100 companies in the '80s, Jim developed innovative client-server computing models, implementing some of the first successful LAN-based client-server systems. He also created a highly successful iterative development methodology uniquely suited to this new systems architecture.

As Lab Director at PC Week, Jim developed and refined the product review as an essential news story. He expanded the lab to California, and created significant competitive advantage for the leading IT weekly.

When he became editor-in-chief of Windows Sources in 1995, he inherited a magazine teetering on the brink of failure. In six short months, he turned the publication into a money-maker, by refocusing it entirely on the new Windows 95. Newsstand sales tripled, and his magazine won industry awards for excellence of design and content.

In 1997, Jim launched TechTV's content, creating and nurturing a highly successful mix of help, product information, news and entertainment. He appeared in numerous segments on the network, and hosted the enormously popular Fresh Gear show for three years.

In 1999, he developed the 'Best of CES' awards program in partnership with CEA, the parent company of the CES trade show. This innovative program, where new products were judged directly on the trade show floor, was a resounding success, and continues today.

In 2000, Jim began developing, a daily, live, 8 hour TechTV news program called TechLive. Called 'the CNBC of Technology,' TechLive delivered a daily day-long dose of market news, product information, technology reporting and CEO interviews. After its highly successful launch in April of 2001, Jim managed the entire organization, along with setting editorial direction for the balance of TechTV.

In the summer or 2002, Jim joined Ziff Davis Media to be Editor-In-Chief and Vice President of Media Properties, including, Microsoft Watch, and the websites for PC Magazine, eWeek and ZDM's gaming publications.


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