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ITU Standardizes 1Gbps Over Copper, But Services Won't Come Until 2015 153

Posted by timothy
from the if-you-transmit-it-they-will-come dept.
alphadogg writes "The ITU has taken a big step in the standardization of G.fast, a broadband technology capable of achieving download speeds of up to 1Gbps over copper telephone wire. The death of copper and the ascent of fiber has long been discussed. However, the cost of rolling out fiber is still too high for many operators that instead want to upgrade their existing copper networks. So there is still a need for technologies that can complement fiber, including VDSL2 and G.fast. Higher speeds are needed for applications such as 4K streaming, IPTV, cloud-based storage, and communication via HD video, ITU said." Meanwhile, I'm hoping Google Fiber, FIOS, and other fast optical options scare more ISPs into action along both price and speed axes.
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ITU Standardizes 1Gbps Over Copper, But Services Won't Come Until 2015

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  • Go ALL THE WAY OUT! (Score:5, Interesting)

    by rtkluttz (244325) on Thursday December 12, 2013 @05:11PM (#45674457) Homepage

    DAMN... at least once every 10 years pick a broadband solution and BUILD IT ALL THE WAY OUT. To every last house in the US. This never ending cycle of new technology coming out and being bult out to the edges of the big cities and then the next new technology hits and they stop where they are go back to the center of the big cities and start building out again.

    Just once. Get something other than dialup and satellite all the way out to every last house in the US.

  • by Charliemopps (1157495) on Thursday December 12, 2013 @05:33PM (#45674683)

    Ya no... that's not how it works at all.
    It's called a Fiber Mux: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multiplexing [wikipedia.org]
    We do the same thing with your data when it's on copper, it's just a different kind of signal, in that case we use a DSLAM: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dslam [wikipedia.org]
    (which is just another kind of mux)

    If someone has hacked into your ISP to the point that they have control over the fiber muxes, you have a hell of a lot more to worry about than them listening to your phone calls.

    Also, keep in mind that with copper, all they have to do is walk out to the pedestal behind your house and attach alligator clips to the right pair of wires and a spare speaker. And people DO do that, we've caught them. Hacking our muxes would require them to breach dozens of layers of security. It would be quite a feat.

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