Foreword

The broadband industry has evolved significantly since it first came to the attention of the general public around the late 1990s, at the time of the dot-com euphoria. The initial focus was on best-effort Internet access at speeds significantly faster than dial-up modems or ISDN. This was enabled by the advent of new high-speed access technologies, including ADSL, cable modems, and WiFi. More recently, ADSL2+, SHDSL, VDSL2, WiMax, Fibre-to-the-Curb/Home, and HSDPA in 3G cellular networks have kept up the momentum of increasing the availability and speed of broadband access. The increased availability and affordability of broadband access have caused it to overtake dial access in many markets, with adoption rates faster than those seen ...

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