Broadband 101

June 24th – 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Grays Peak 1

Broadband 101 Session – The Basics of Broadband

This pre-conference session will cover the basic concepts of broadband networking technology, economics, and public policy that all industry managers, public policy and government decision makers need to know. The session is geared to all levels of technical expertise using straightforward, non-technical language.

Learning Objectives – After this session, you should be able to:

  • Give a description of broadband networks
  • Understand the different broadband wireline and wireless access network options, and their strengths and weaknesses in carrying broadband services
  • Describe underlying trends and economic trade-offs in the deployment of the different broadband network options
  • Be able to discuss and evaluate prospects for competitive deployment of broadband access networks
  • Understand and discuss key broadband policies and regulations such as net neutrality, universal service, and the national broadband plan

Session Outline (4-hours duration)

Section I: Wireline Broadband Networks (first hour)

  • Understanding Broadband Networks
    • Basic network components and software systems
  • Future Trends in Wireline Broadband Networks
    • Copper, Coax, Fiber and Edge Networks

Section II: Future Trends in Wireless Broadband Networks (second hour)

  • LTE, Wi-Fi, Small Cells and Seamless Access


Coffee/Lunch Break (20 minutes)


Section III: Broadband Economics and Public Policy (third hour)

  • Cost tradeoffs in broadband deployment
    • Potential advances in the business model
  • Public Policy Impacting Network Infrastructure
    • National Broadband Plan of 2009
    • Net Neutrality
    • Universal Service


Section IV: Future Trends and Prospects (fourth hour)

  • Internet of Things
  • Gigabit Fiber
  • Wireline vs. wireless competitive prospects