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8May, 2019

Light Reading Hall of Fame 2019

May 8, 2019 |

Light Reading Hall of Fame 2019 "Hall of Fame 2019" Four names have been added to the Hall of Fame this year and Dr. Rouzbeh Yassini tops the list. Dr. Rouzbeh Yassini's life work in the field of advancing telecommunications is once again recognized as pioneering and fundamental to the rapid advancement of the telecommunications industry.

1Dec, 2018

Microsoft Bridges The Digital Divide

Dec 1, 2018 |

BCoE commends Microsoft in its initiative to bridge the digital divide, not just in words but also in action. We should expect a lot more product in 2019 that will be known as Wi-Fi 6. Hello, The University of New Hampshire’s Broadband Center of Excellence (BCoE) wishes our readers and contributors a very merry Christmas and happy and prosperous New Year. We conclude the year on an encouraging high note for TV White Space (TVWS) which has gained some momentum since mid-year. We continue to believe [...]

1Aug, 2018

Wireless LAN Working Group Working On Extremely High Throughput

Aug 1, 2018 |

“The 802.11 Wireless LAN Working Group formally initiated new work on Extremely High Throughput (EHT)." Hello, Last month we saw the next shoe to drop in Microsoft’s TV White Space (TVWS) strategy. Recall that in July 2017 Microsoft said it could spend up to $10 billion to get broadband deployed using a broadband wireless network powered by TVWS. It caught my attention. Now, here’s what came this July. Microsoft and Radwin to Team We have news of a strategic partnership announced by Microsoft and Radwin, an Israeli company [...]

1Jun, 2018

Wired and Wireless Automotive Networking Standards Work Under Way

Jun 1, 2018 |

“The study group is considering the feasibility of enhancing throughput, better efficiency, higher reliability and extending range. " Hello, You may not realize this, but we recently passed the 45th anniversary for the first cell phone call and for the creation of Ethernet. Both these developments have had incredible impacts on our civilization and have led to the creation of major industries. Telecom services have greatly advanced. IEEE 802 LAN/WAN Standards Committee had a productive meeting in Pittsburgh recently and my colleague Paul Nikolich, its Chairman and an [...]

1Apr, 2018

FCC Update: Broadband Deployment In The US

Apr 1, 2018 |

“The IEEE 802 LAN/MAN Standards Committee remains a vibrant community of globally based technologists who continue to standardize the best technologies for global commercialization of products and services benefiting humanity." Spring is upon us, but it was hard to tell at times in the recent weeks here in New England with three major Nor’easter storms battering us. I retain positive thoughts that nice weather is just around the corner. My colleague Mr. Nikolich also remains positive about the work underway in his IEEE committee and offers [...]

3Feb, 2018

Is Super-PON A Success?

Feb 3, 2018 |

“One can foresee a time in the future when broadband service providers are unwilling or unable to provide large streaming content providers like Netflix, Amazon and Google the service levels appropriate for their business models." There have been some interesting developments of late, as well as discoveries on new networking ideas, so I began to think, futuristically: What If…A new networking concept called Super-PON is a success?  What is the Super-PON proposal that was discussed at the recently completed IEEE 802.3 Ethernet Interim Session? For one, it has [...]

3Dec, 2017

Net Neutrality And Next Generation Network Standards

Dec 3, 2017 |

“Multiple news outlets including the NY Times were reporting that the FCC will not just weaken but eliminate its net neutrality program at a Commission meeting in the middle of this month." I am not surprised by the news last month that the FCC will do away with net neutrality at a meeting in mid-December, giving incumbent ISPs such as Telcos and cable operators a nice Christmas present for this year. Rather than a gift, it seems to me like its coal in the stocking for up-and-coming entrepreneurs [...]

4Nov, 2017

Transferring Broadcast Spectrum To Create A Platform For Rural Broadband

Nov 4, 2017 |

“Though BCoE continues to believe that broadband connectivity without affordability does not completely address the digital divide, we applaud the private investment." This month we are revisiting the Federal Communication Commission’s process on transferring broadcast spectrum to create a platform for rural broadband. This issue also contains information provided by UNH’s Brian Shepperd regarding a field hearing in New Hampshire focusing on broadband. TV White Space Auction Update by Chris Grobicki We last reported on the FCC Incentive Auction (though a little out of date this [...]

1Aug, 2017

Helping Entrepreneurs Deploy Affordable TVWS Systems

Aug 1, 2017 |

Microsoft announced last month that it is proposing a $10 billion dollar effort to connect 23.4 million Americans in rural areas to broadband. Hello,The phrase “$10 billion investment” is an eyecatcher.It caught my attention when Microsoft announced it could spend up to that amount on developing and deploying TV White Space over the next few years. BCoE has worked hard over the recent past with an eye toward helping entrepreneurs begin deploying TVWS systems that enjoy reasonably priced equipment — as we did for broadband and its cable modems. What [...]

1Apr, 2017

Privacy and Security in a Networked World

Apr 1, 2017 |

“Typically the end user has no knowledge that the low layer 802 network he relies on for access to his information can be used to identify where he is physically located and, via pattern recognition, provide information about the types of end points he may be connecting to…” Hello,Our first quarter of 2017 has contained some twists and turns, some in politics and others in industry, including within the broadband world. As we touched upon in our February issue, connected cars remain a hot spot with Intel announcing in mid-March [...]

1Dec, 2016

FCC Incentive Auction To Repurpose Low-band Analog TV Broadcast Spectrum

Dec 1, 2016 |

“Stay tuned — a much faster, more economical access network based on NG-EPON will be coming to your neighborhood soon.” Hello, This month as part of our newsletter, I thought I would provide you with a quick update on the FCC Incentive Auction as reviewed by my colleague Chris Grobicki. This FCC auction has been a long and complicated process to repurpose valuable low-band spectrum originally used for analog TV broadcast for new services, most probably fixed and mobile broadband data. Most of the spectrum would be licensed, however the [...]

18Aug, 2016

New Hampshire Broadband Mapping and Planning

Aug 18, 2016 |

“An additional 5,587 residents, or almost 17% of the population, have internet access at speeds that are not considered broadband, while 1,648 residents, or 5% of the population, have no access at all.” Hello, I saw some good news last month coming out of the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, D.C. The Commission has agreed to set aside bandwidth for 5G technology. My colleague Paul Nikolich has more to say about 5G based on IEEE 802 meetings he chaired last week. And, closer to home, we have a [...]

18Jun, 2016

Keynote Address To The 50th Anniversary Cable TV Pioneers

Jun 18, 2016 |

“The earliest pre-standard deployments (of 5G) will likely be at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics to be held in South Korea.” Hello, I delivered the KEYNOTE ADDRESS to the 50th Cable TV Pioneers Dinner in Boston and my request of them was to join me at BCoE in funding research and innovation to enable us to connect the millions of Americans with affordable, universal broadband service. Cable operators have built tremendous broadband networks and now could greatly benefit our country by continuing their service to ensure all Americans [...]

8Jun, 2016

Let’s Collaborate To Connect Americans With Broadband

Jun 8, 2016 |

Rouzbeh Yassini delivers the keynote address at the 50th Anniversary of the Cable TV Pioneers Dinner in Boston.  His request of them was to join him at BCoE in funding research and innovation to enable us to connect the millions of Americans with affordable, universal broadband service.

18May, 2016

Local and National Broadband Initiatives

May 18, 2016 |

“… interfaces based on IEEE 802 standards are put in to service on a global basis at the rate of 100 per second 24/7/365. That’s 3 billion per year and growing.” Hello, Welcome to our second newsletter and thanks to all who took the time to read and comment on our April issue. A lot is going on around broadband globally, and here is a brief glimpse of some key elements from our perspective. Broadband in Coos County Project The New Hampshire Broadband Mapping & Planning Program (NHBMPP) [...]

18Apr, 2016

Obama Supports The Need For Increasing Communication Speeds

Apr 18, 2016 |

“Our goal is to provide you with an easy way to stay current on evolving topics in broadband, without taking a lot of your time.” Hello, It feels like just yesterday when I was pioneering cable modem technology at LANcity. Who would have thought back then — 25 years ago — that more than 2 billion would now be deployed around the world. The technology has progressed and costs have gone down but the need for ever increasing communication speeds continues unabated. Applications and services are becoming more [...]

8Mar, 2016

Connecting West Virginia

Mar 8, 2016 |

West Virginia Executive “Connecting West Virginia” By Samantha Cart “Over the last decade, high-speed internet has become a necessity in business, education and health care.” West Virginia leaders and legislators continue to push fast, reliable broadband to revitalize the struggling economy, Dr. Rouzbeh Yassini offers insight into how the Mountain State can become a global leader in connectivity. Over the last decade, high-speed internet has become a necessity in business, education and health care. As providers and legislators work to improve connectivity in the Mountain State, many West Virginians still do [...]

7Dec, 2015

YAS Foundation Grant to UNH Will Support Broadband Center of Excellence

Dec 7, 2015 |

“The BCoE has developed an aggressive list of objectives for the coming year that will serve to expand broadband availability in New Hampshire and elsewhere, and help extend broadband to those who are unserved or underserved,” A grant to the University of New Hampshire’s Broadband Center of Excellence (BCoE) from the YAS Foundation will expand the center’s efforts to leverage UNH research and technology to ensure universal and affordable broadband service worldwide. The $1 million, seven-year grant will establish UNH as a thought leader and advance the effective use of broadband [...]

1Dec, 2015

Why Broadband Needs a Broader Vision

Dec 1, 2015 |

Broadband Library.com "Why Broadband Needs a Broader Vision" Rouzbeh Yassini, PhD “Imagine an intelligent being has been hurtled to Earth from a distant galaxy and is hovering somewhere over a metropolis near you. We'll call our being BOB, for Broadband Observational Bot. ” Dispatched for a fact-finding mission about the state of high-speed networks, our bot immediately is puzzled by a few things it sees. On the ground below, for example, are separate but nearly identical delivery mechanisms whose fibers and wires and invisible waves connect homes and businesses and individuals, [...]

25Sep, 2013

UNH to test Super Wi-Fi technology that could expand broadband access in rural areas

Sep 25, 2013 |

Concord Monitor "UNH to test ‘Super Wi-Fi’ technology that could expand broadband access in rural areas" By BEN LEUBSDORF “This is a perfect technology to be used for that last rural mile,” The University of New Hampshire next month will begin testing an experimental way to provide wireless high-speed internet access across several miles via TV-style signals, a technology officials hope will offer an inexpensive solution to the problem of scarce broadband access in rural areas. “This new, innovative technology is reliable. It is low-cost. It is emerging around the globe,” [...]

22Feb, 2013

West Virginia University Academy of Distinguished Alumni

Feb 22, 2013 |

“During his senior year at WVU, Yassini became fascinated by the burgeoning satellite communications industry. Upon graduation, he was recruited by GE, where he went to work building television receivers.” Dr. Rouzbeh Yassini-Fard is founder and CEO of YAS Capital Partners LLC. He has gained an international reputation as a broadband visionary for inventing the cable modem while founder and CEO of LANcity and for establishing the cable modem industry standards (DOCSIS) through Cable Television Laboratories, SCTE and ITU. Dr. Yassini is well known in industry circles as the “father of the [...]

23Oct, 2012

Docsis 3.1: The Final Frontier?

Oct 23, 2012 |

LightReadingCable.com "Docsis 3.1: The Final Frontier?" By Jeff Baumgartner “If cable decides to go "all-in" with Docsis 3.1, it could indeed mark the final step before cable considers pulling fiber all the way to the home”  ORLANDO, Fla. -- Cable-Tec Expo -- YAS Capital Partners President and CEO Rouzbeh Yassini is considered by many in industry tech circles to be the "father" of the cable modem, so it follows that we checked in with him at the show to get his thoughts as his baby grows up to become Docsis 3.1. (See Docsis 3.1 Targets 10-Gig [...]

22Oct, 2012

Father Knows Best

Oct 22, 2012 |

Light Reading Video "Father Knows Best" Jeff Baumgartner “Dr. Rouzbeh Yassini 'Father of the Cable Modem' offers his opinion on the emerging Docsis 3.1 platform and if the project represents the final step before cable takes fiber to your home” View the Video and find other informative article on on LightReading.com: Network and Communications Industry

1Oct, 2012

Rouzbeh Yassini The Father of the Modern Modem

Oct 1, 2012 |

West Virginia University Magazine "Rouzbeh Yassini, The Father of the Modern Modem" Diana Mazzella “Our inspiration came from that fact that we knew—beyond any question—that access to broadband Internet connectivity would be an agent of tremendous empower-ment for individuals.” It was a futuristic life we had only dreamed of, where body sensors automatically alert physicians when your blood pressure skyrockets. College courses are completed from your living room. A webcam guards your house while you’re on vacation. And a Skype call with your grandchildren lets you see their smiles, new [...]

13Apr, 2012

Cable TV Pioneers Name 2012 Class

Apr 13, 2012 |

Broadband Tech Report "Cable TV Pioneers Name 2012 Class" By BTR Staff “The Cable Television Pioneers class of 2012 will be officially inducted at the organization's annual banquet on May 20 in Boston. ” Founded in 1966, the Cable Television Pioneers is an independent organization of individuals recognized and honored for their contributions to the cable industry. To be chosen, Pioneers must have served 20 years in the cable industry and must have made significant and meaningful contributions to it. The class of 2012 consists of: Marshall Cohen, Marshall Cohen Associates [...]

11May, 2010

Dr. Rouzbeh Yassini Authors Book Titled Planet Broadband

May 11, 2010 |

Rouzbeh Yassini, the father of the cable modem, has written Planet Broadband, a breakthrough book appealing to a broad audience, including consumers, and business and technical professionals. The book describes not just what broadband is, but why broadband matters to everyday people. Broadband is becoming the most influential medium of communication since the telephone. See how this technology will alter how we live, think, and do business. Book Description Understand what broadband is, why it is the fastest growing consumer media product since the VCR and what it means to you. Learn [...]

20Mar, 2009

A Decade of Docsis

Mar 20, 2009 |

Cable Digital News "A Decade of Docsis" Jeff Baumgartner Dr. Rouzbeh Yassini,"Father of the Cable Modem" had some interesting opinions to share about the future of Docsis recently, but recognizing the 10-year anniversary of the first certifications has not escaped his attention. So...Rouzbeh asked me to post this note here, and I'm happy to oblige: Thursday, 3-19-2009 is the 10th year anniversary of the first DOCSIS certification, where 432 engineers, analysts, executives, media experts and visionaries from 73 companies worked with passion, love, and know how at CableLabs to create the industry's [...]

10Apr, 2008

Cable Modem ‘Father’ to Grant Grants

Apr 10, 2008 |

Light Reading "Cable Modem 'Father' to Grant Grants" Jeff Baumgartner “Grant winners will participate in a six-week training session at the $10 million Yassini Broadband Knowledge Center in Boston” Rouzbeh Yassini, known in some circles as the "father of the cable modem," has completed the submission process and selected an advisory board made up of cable engineering royalty for a new $200,000 broadband research grant program. The program will offer four post-graduate projects per year. The first will be granted on Sept. 10, 2008. The deadline for the short-form app is [...]

29Nov, 2007

YAS Broadband Knowledge Center Research and Invention

Nov 29, 2007 |

“ROUZBEH YASSINI UNVEILS $10M “YAS BROADBAND KNOWLEDGE CENTER”; INITIATES FOUR $50,000 GRANTS FOR Ph.D.-LEVEL RESEARCH AND INVENTION” BOSTON, MA (November 29, 2007) – Rouzbeh Yassini, inventor of the cable modem and a distinguished participant in the broadband community, today announced the creation of the nation’s first independent facility dedicated to broadband research, and the initiation of a substantial financial grant program for post-graduate students focused on advanced broadband technologies. Yassini, CEO of YAS Broadband Ventures, has designed the “Yassini Broadband Knowledge Center” as the nation’s first fully operational broadband-based intelligent building. The [...]

31Dec, 1998

Rouzbeh Yassini Fulfills a Tall Order

Dec 31, 1998 |

“This proclaimed "father of the cable modem" was one of the first to recognize the potential of a marriage between cable TV technology and data networking-and the first to do something about it.” by Roger Brown, Editor in Chief" Rouzbeh Yassini Fulfills a Tall Order" CED Magazine, 12/31/1998 Original Article Rouzbeh Yassini stands between a rock and a hard place. Placed in the unenviable position as the fulcrum between the nation's largest cable TV operating companies and the myriad hardware manufacturers in the race to develop interoperable cable data modems, Rouzbeh [...]