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[802SEC] 802.18 Conference Call - 26 August - 2:00 p.m. CDT - FCC Request for Help to Define "Broadband"


May I suggest the agenda item (3) be focussed on answering the specific FCC questions in the Public Notice--which I've cut-and-paste below.



We now seek more targeted comment on three aspects of this issue: (1) the general form, characteristics, and performance indicators that should be included in a definition of broadband; (2) the thresholds that should be assigned to these performance indicators today; and (3) how the definition should be reevaluated over time.

1. Form, Characteristics, and Performance Indicators. Much of the discussion of any proposal to define "broadband" tends to center on download and upload throughput.9 Download and upload throughput are important, but neither is precise or diverse enough to describe broadband satisfactorily.10 For example, advertised throughput rates generally differ from actual rates, are not uniformly measured, and have different constraints over different technologies.11 In addition, it is unclear what the end points of the connection are over which throughput is measured or whether the performance of the end points is reflected in the stated throughput. Moreover, there are network characteristics - such as latency, reliability, and mobility - that are relevant for certain applications but not others. Accordingly, we seek comment on:

a. the form that a definition of broadband should take;
b. whether to develop a single definition, or multiple definitions;
c. whether an application-based approach to defining broadband would work, and how such an approach could be expressed in terms of performance indicators; d. the key characteristics and specific performance indicators that should be used to define broadband; e. what segment(s) of the network each performance indicator should measure, such as the local access link to the end user, or an end-to-end path; f. how factors such as latency, jitter, traffic loading, diurnal patterns, reliability, and mobility should specifically be taken into account; g. whether different performance indicators or definitions should be developed based on technological or other distinctions, such as mobility or the provision of the service over a wired or wireless network; h. the feasibility and verifiability of measuring different performance indicators.

2. Thresholds. After identifying key characteristics and performance indicators, a definition of broadband must identify acceptable thresholds - typically minimums. Accordingly, we seek comment on:
a. what minimum thresholds should be assigned to the performance indicators;
b. the minimum thresholds necessary for broad classes of applications to function properly;
c. whether we should adopt multiple, escalating tiers of minimum thresholds.

3. Updates. The Internet and broadband networks have been characterized by rapid evolution and change. While a static set of objectively measured thresholds may be useful to compare networks at a given time, or over time, a static definition will fail to address changing needs and habits. Accordingly, we seek comment on: a. what ongoing process should be put in place to update the definition, particularly the threshold
b. how often should such updates should occur;
c. what criteria should be used to adjust thresholds over time;
d. how modifications over time to the definition will affect the Commission's ability to collect and
publish meaningful data on broadband deployment and adoption.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Mike Lynch" <freqmgr@SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Sent: Wednesday, August 26, 2009 11:33 AM
Subject: Re: [802SEC] [802-18] [802SEC] 802.18 Conference Call - 26 August - 2:00 p.m. CDT - FCC Request for Help to Define "Broadband"

Dear EC and RR-TAG,

A friendly reminder of today's call - as if you haven't been loaded up with
other emails on this topic!

At the beginning of the call please email myself and Peter Murray stating
your presence on the call and your affiliation. This will augment but not
replace the normal roll call.

Our agenda is:

1) Roll call

2) Patent policy:

3) Review of inputs and general discussion. Please note that I will keep
sending inputs/comments to both reflectors right up to the start of the

4) Any other business.

The is to develop an acceptable definition of "broadband" that can be
submitted to the FCC by next Monday's deadline. I propose that we focus on
the definition and that I will provide the boilerplate to introduce the
document. The full document will be submitted for an EC review prior to
filing with the FCC by CoB Monday. Presuming we only have a 5 day EC review this filing will be from 802.18. I am not certain that there is time to have
an EC ballot so that it can be from 802.



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