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Homework 5 - due March 29, 2007
The Wireless Primer
What Ails Broadband?
Q1. Which is the bigger challenge for
broadband providers Peer-2-Peer (P2P) or Internet Video? Explain.
Q2. Should broadband access providers be allowed to limit
P2P usage? Make legal, ethical, or business arguments for or against this. You
might find the following article helpful or interesting:
Neutrality Debate Remains Contentious (InformationWeek)
Q2 forms the basis for
Debate 5, which deals with broadband access and applications.
Networks is an emerging wireless broadband provider, and it offers discounted
broadband for underserved US
areas (discounted relative to existing options!). It uses WiMax based
technologies, and will soon offer mobile phone service as well. However, its terms of service indicate that
their users are not allowed to operate VoIP (Voice
over IP). Should this be allowed or not
allowed? You are an outsider called to
present to a Town Hall meeting called by the FCC (the US regulator).
Debate will be held March 29, 2007