Category Archives: Standards

Verizon’s “deteriorated” phone lines cited in demand for investigation

Dozens of lawmakers, municipal officials, and consumer advocacy groups want a thorough investigation of New York's phone system, accusing Verizon of raising prices substantially while allowing landline service to deteriorate throughout the state. Rate deregulation has harmed customers, the lawmakers and groups wrote in a petition last week to the New York Public Service Commission…
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IPv6 Info Center

Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) is the latest revision of the Internet Protocol (IP), and was developed in response to the inevitability of IPv4 address exhaustion. With available IPv4 address space becoming scarce, ARIN strongly encourages you to deploy IPv6 on your networks and equipment, so that they can remain visible to the entirety of…
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FCC may re-define “broadband” as 10Mbps to reflect actual Internet usage

The Federal Communications Commission defines "broadband" Internet as bandwidth of 4Mbps downstream and 1Mbps up. But many Internet services want consumers to use more than that. Netflix, for example, recommends 5Mbps for high-definition video and 25Mbps for "Ultra HD 4K" quality. The FCC is thus considering raising the definition of broadband from 4Mbps to 10Mbps or…
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FDA draws up regulations for health IT sector

“Health IT” no longer applies just to a hospital’s scheduling or billing system. Increasingly, the term denotes a more complex mix of technologies, beyond those performing administrative tasks. It includes software that processes a patient’s electronic health records to suggest treatment, machines that can perform surgery and medical devices that relay information to a physician’s…
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Why it’s Time for the Telecoms Industry to Embrace Carrier Ethernet Standards

There is no doubt that the popularity of Carrier Ethernet is on the rise. We're seeing rapid adoption due to its cost benefits versus TDM, not to mention its flexibility in terms of access and transport technologies. As the worldwide telecommunications industry shifts from TDM to packet-based technologies, Carrier Ethernet services and the Metro Ethernet Forum…
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