Wednesday, March 26, 2008 - The Progress & Freedom Foundation Blog

Ike Elliott's "fiber vs. coax" series

Technology blogger Ike Elliott has a terrific series underway over at his blog this week looking at the differences between cable and telco-fiber infrastructures. He is "looking at why cable companies are kicking the tires on fiber-based passive optical networks, even though they have a heavy investment in hybrid fiber coax (HFC) networks." The series is a good primer on these issues. Here are the entries in his series so far:

* "Internet Capacity Demands Increasing"
* "Does Cable Need Fiber to the Home?"
* "How Far Does Cable Fiber Go?"
* "Fiber vs. Coax"
* "DOCSIS 3.0 Upstream Still Skinny"
* "When Will Cable Bite The Bullet and Upgrade to Fiber?"

And here's a handy table that Ike put together comparing the capabilities of fiber vs. coax:
fiber v coax

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:45 PM | Broadband , Cable