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Newsletters

Most recent UNH BCOE Newsletters
by Dr. Rouzbeh Yassini
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

Most Recent Articles and Archives Written On The Progress of Broadband
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, [...]

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 [...]

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.

6Nov, 2018

Anna Eskamani Wins Florida House District 47

Nov 6, 2018 |

Orlando Weekly 11/6/2018 "Anna Eskamani beats Stockton Reeves in Florida House District 47" By Monivette Cordeiro First-time Democratic candidate Anna Eskamani walloped Republican businessman Stockton Reeves in the race for Florida House District 47. With all precincts reporting in Orange County, Eskamani won about 57 percent of the vote, about 14 points more than her opponent Reeves, who received almost 43 percent of the vote, according to the Orange County Supervisor of Elections office. HD 47 runs from Winter Park, Orlando and Belle Isle, and was previously held by Republican state [...]

16Mar, 2018

Yassini Receives 2004 Vanguard Award

Mar 16, 2018 |

Broadcasting Cable "Broadband Is His Baby" By Glen Dickson “-And Dr. Rouzbeh Yassini wonders what it will be when it grows up” Widely known as the father of the cable modem, Rouzbeh Yassini has played a pivotal role in the cable industry's successful deployment of high-speed-data services, creating the first cable modem and then overseeing the industry's lengthy specification, standardization, and certification process. But the 45-year-old Yassini, founder and CEO of YAS Broadband Ventures and the recipient of the 2004 Vanguard Award for Associates & Affiliates, says his baby is far from fully [...]