Last week a resolution was introduced into the House of Representatives (USA) calling for the establishment of "a national goal for the universal deployment of next-generation broadband networks... by 2015". The resolution defined next-generation broadband as having "transmission speeds of at least 100 megabits per second, bidirectionally" and should "have the capabilities to provide access to important bandwidth-intensive information, services, and applications being developed and can readily increase these capabilities for future developments"

The resolution was introduced by U.S. Representative Anna Eshoo (Califonian Democrat) and co-sponsored by Ed Markey (D-MA) the Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, and Mike Doyle (D-PA). It is a companion bill to Senate Resolution 191, introduced in the Senate last year by Senator John D. Rockefeller IV (D-WV) and co-sponsored by Senator Barack Obama - the Democratic nominee for the Presidential election later this year.

According to Joe Savage, President of the FTTH Council (North America), "This resolution recognizes that America needs a strategy - a 100 Megabit National strategy - to ensure that our citizens keep pace with the advancements of the Information Age,"

Savage noted that with currently available equipment, fibre based solution can easily carry 100 Mbps symmetrical services (and more) to households. FTTH now passes more than 10 percent of U.S. households (approx 13 million homes) and more than three million of those are connected using high speed services such as Verizon's FiOS solution.

"Technologists are predicting that by 2015 the average American home will need 100 Mbps service to access available online applications and video services, and that many times that bandwidth will be needed in the decade that follows," said Savage. "The fibre we put in today can deliver that and much more, so it is essential we get on with the task of [reticulating] fibre [to] every home for the future."

In March 2007, the FTTH Council called on the government to adopt a "100 Megabit Nation" policy as a means of ensuring that a majority of Americans can access next-generation broadband connections by 2010, with universal availability by 2015. The Council noted that some Asian and European nations are already well ahead of the United States in deploying high-bandwidth, fibre to the home networks.

For information on the resolution view the document at the Library of Congress


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