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DSL Advances by Peter J. Silverman, John M. Cioffi, Massimo Sorbara, Thomas Starr

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10.2. The Concept of Spectrum Management

As we have mentioned earlier, spectrum management is the administration of the loop plant in such a way that it assures spectral compatibility between the signals, services, and technologies that use the wire pairs in the same cable. In order to provide spectrum management, we need an understanding or a definition of what it means for different signals to be spectrally compatible with one another. To set this definition, we need an agreed-upon criteria or basis for defining the levels and conditions of spectral compatibility.

Prior to the Telecom Act of 1996 and the associated FCC rules requiring local loop unbundling and collocation of equipment, the network already had numerous types of signals deployed ...

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