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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 [...]

Publications

Articles Related To The Advancement Of Broadband Over The Years
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18Aug, 2019

Planet Broadband By Author Rouzbeh Yassini Ph.D.

Aug 18, 2019 |

Planet Broadband cover the nascent history and status of the Broadband movement. In doing so, it wrestles with the definition of broadband, discusses the various form it's taking around the world, and discusses the various forms it's taking around the world, and discusses the possible futures it might have..." Excerpt of Foreword by David Fellows, CTO Comcast Cable Communications Available at Amazon INTRODUCTION: Planet Broadband examines the promise and prowess behind the fastest growing communications technology since the cellular telephone. It's Broadband: High speed access to a world of [...]

22Apr, 2014

The Cable Center Oral History Collection

Apr 22, 2014 |

cablecenter.org The Hauser Oral History Project Interview Date: April 22, 2014 Interview Location: Denver, CO Interviewer: Stewart Schley Schley: I'm Stewart Schley, here on behalf of the Cable Center for its oral history series. We are in Denver, Colorado, at the headquarters of the Cable Center on April 22, 2014. We have a really great story to tell and the perfect person to tell it. Dr. Rouzbeh Yassini is many things. He is the chairman and CEO of YAS Capital, a technology advisory and investment firm in New England. [...]

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,” [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

18Dec, 0201

The Future of Broadband

Dec 18, 0201 |

BROADBAND LIBRARY WINTER 2014 " Internet Of People: The Future Of Broadband" by Rouzbeh Yassini, Ph.D. The INTERNET OF THINGS is powerful, but the real transformation is THE INTERNET OF PEOPLEMomentum is building fast around the next big broadband advancement: a world where billions of intelligent sensors and devices produce the data ingredients for a quantum leap forward in environmental intelligence, automation, predictability and ubiquitous connectivity. These capabilities will have dramatic and positive impact on our economy and our quality of life.The Internet of People won’t happen without bold, ambitious investment. But [...]

Humanity

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29May, 2020

Yassini’s Strategic Vision For IRYStec Survives Global Pandemic

May 29, 2020 |

IRYStec Software, the Montreal Venture based startup was founded in 2015 to innovate a SW layer product controlling the point of perception, based on ambient, reflection, user experience and various sensors and content attributes. In Dec, 2018 Dr. Rouzbeh Yassini-Fard, was appointed as Executive Chairman of the board to provide strategy, vision, and executive leadership to make the 4 years old Start-up a business success. By August 2019, the company board accepted the chairman recommendation that the best approach for IRYStec was a strategic merger. Dr. Yassini was appointed as CEO, and [...]

22May, 2020

West Virginia University Alumnus Message to Statler College Grads

May 22, 2020 |

West Virginia University Statler College Alumnus, Rouzbeh Yassini, Ph.D. sent a message of opportunity and call to action to 2020 graduates as they attended their virtual graduation ceremony. As graduation season unfolds, for the class of 2020 there is a perceptible sentiment of uncertainty and disappointment. Perhaps you feel this unceremonious ending has robbed you of the closure of proper goodbyes, a medley of celebrations, the pomp and circumstance that ensured you would be recognized, rewarded, and remembered. This perception of an anticlimactic conclusion threatens to overshadow your 4 long years of [...]

24Mar, 2020

Nowruz the Persian New Year

Mar 24, 2020 |

In 2010, the UN General Assembly recognized March 21st as the International Day of Nowruz and in 2016, Nowruz was officially inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity . Symbolic of the message of Nowruz, the poem Bani Adam by Iranian poet Saadi Shirazi is inscribed on a large hand-made carpet installed on a wall in the United Nations building in New York. Bani Adam Saadi Shirazi Human beings are members of a whole, In creation of one essence and soul. If [...]

20Oct, 2019

Cable TV Pioneers Salutes Leaders DOCSIS Innovators

Oct 20, 2019 |

Maclean, Amy, OCTOBER 2019 Cable TV Pioneers Salutes Leaders, DOCSIS Innovators CABLEFAX SCTE • ISBE CABLE-TEC EXPO DAILY, pp.13-14  It takes at least 20 years in the industry to be considered for inclusion in the Cable TV Pioneers which got organizers thinking as they made plans for the annual Pioneer induction dinner. 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of the first DOCSIS 1.0 certifications. “I did a quick perusal of MSO Annual reports and saw that the industry will have $40 billion in revenue this year, and as you know, [...]

2Oct, 2019

Honoring A Friend Wilt Hildenbrand

Oct 2, 2019 |

Rouzbeh Yassini, founder of the YAS Foundation will partner with SCTE Foundation to honor his longtime friend and colleague Wilt Hildenbrand 40 YEARS OF INDUSTRY SERVICE | $40,000 DONATION FOR RISING LEADER UNDER 40 YEARS OLD For many in the Cable Telecommunications Industry, Wilt Hildenbrand was known as a technology pioneer and industry legend. For Rouzbeh Yassini the memory runs much deeper. Rouzbeh remembers Wilt when they initially met in 1987 as a tough engineer, as he drove Rouzbeh to the highest standards to ensure Rouzbeh's invention, the first cable modem, [...]

7Sep, 2019

The Poetry Of Rumi

Sep 7, 2019 |

The prolific collection of inspirational poetry written by the Persian mystic and dervish, Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, more popularly known simply as Rumi, has been a source of joy and introspection for loyal followers since the early days of the 13th century Born in 1207 in Khorasan, ancient middle Persia, the enduring universal appeal of Rumi's poetry may be rooted in a philosophy which transcends the confinement of imposed boundaries in favor of the language of love, tolerance, goodness and the evolution of one's soul. Rumi's works, most notably The Masnavi series, [...]

18May, 2019

National Khayyam Day

May 18, 2019 |

May 18 is observed as National Khayyam Day. Born on May 18, 1048 in Nishapur, 2019 marks Khayyam's  971st birthday. Omar Khayyam was a Persian mathematician, astronomer, and poet in the 11th and 12th centuries notable for his contributions to geometry and designing the Jalali calendar. As a poet, Khayyam invented a tradition of poetry, quatrains (rubāʿiyāt رباعیات‎), widely translated by Edward FitzGerald. Following are examples of Fitzgerald's translations. “AWAKE! for Morning in the Bowl of Night Has flung the Stone that puts the Stars to Flight: And Lo! the Hunter of [...]

13May, 2019

Mirzakhani Fellowships Awarded

May 13, 2019 |

Stanford | Mathematics: School of Humanities & Sciences "Hannah Larson and Isabel Vogt Awarded Mirzakhani Fellowships" The Stanford Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that Hannah Larson is awarded the Maryam Mirzakhani Graduate Fellowship, and Isabel Vogt is awarded the Maryam Mirzakhani Postdoctoral Fellowship. These fellowships were established in memory of our former colleague, Professor Maryam Mirzakhani, allowing us to attract outstanding students, developing the next generation of world leaders in mathematics. Hannah Larson is a Ph.D. student at Stanford working in algebraic geometry with Ravi Vakil. In particular, she is excited [...]

12May, 2019

Women in Mathematics Day

May 12, 2019 |

On this day, May 12th 2019, we celebrate First International Women in Mathematics Day This date was selected to honor Maryam Mirzakhani, a brilliant and inspiring mathematical scholar born on May 12th 1977 in Tehran and studied at Sharif University before attending Harvard for her graduate studies. Though her life was cut short by cancer at the age of 40, Maryam's research and contributions in the field of mathematics earned her a substantial array of distinguished award and honors. In 2005, she was named to the Popular Science list of the "Brilliant [...]

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.