Understand what broadband is, why it is the fastest growing consumer media product since the VCR and what it means to you
The fastest-growing consumer media product since the VCR, broadband is a lightning-fast, always-on connection to a world of digitized media content. A technology that transforms the Internet from a dry medium of words and pictures to a multimedia extravaganza. Until recently, high-speed broadband data connectivity was purely the province of corporate America. But now, thanks to an ambitious multi-billion dollar investment by the telecommunications industry, broadband is fast becoming the most influential medium of communications since the telephone.
Planet Broadband helps readers understand the looming era of broadband communications and how they can profit and prosper from its onset. Written in an informal-but-informed voice, it begins with an observation about the broadband age. Each chapter discusses a key element or implication of the broadband era, including references to its historical development, explanations of how it works, and discussions of its influence on various elements of society. The book includes anecdotes, quotations, and interview excerpts from recognizable leaders in business and government that reinforce the subject's importance.
1. Broadband: Anything, Anywhere, Anytime.
The Internet @ Broadband Speed.
Rising Power. The Need for Speed.
The Always-On Network.
History in the Making. Fuel for the Info Age.
Beyond Dot.com. Summary.
Broadbands Building Blocks.
Modems and More. Faster Corporate Networks.
History of DSL.
A Video Vision. Act of Faith.
History of Cable Modems.
Cables Metamorphosis. Bicoastal “Eureka!”. DOCSIS Is Born. Certification Begins.
Behind the Last Mile. How Data Get There.
Cable Modems and Networks. DSL Modems and Networks. Wireless Broadband.
Home Networks: The Last Link. Guarding the Broadband Gates. Summary.
Faster, Faster. Broadband Drivers Wanted.
Business Applications. Government Applications. Health-Care Applications. Educational Applications. Entertainment Applications.
Broadbands Liberation from the PC.
The Kitchen PC.
The Anthropology of Always-On. Summary.
The Telework Revolution. Beaming Bits, Not Goods. Summary.
Types of Content.
User-Generated Content. Entertainment on Broadband. Playing with Broadband. Broadband Telephony.
Meet the New Internet(s). Summary.