Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Last Mile.. All local loops are local.

This is a great quote that captures the real challenges of the last mile.  Notice these challenges are not technical.  To adapt a quote from Tip O'Neal (Speaker of the U.S. House (D-MA)  circa 1980s) ....  All local loops are local. 

"The last mile. It sounds easy, it's only a mile, after all – but the problem is, there are just so darned many of them. Wireless or Fixed, the last mile is a massive, poorly-scaling problem that manifests itself with trucks, cherry pickers, tower climbers, backhoes, manholes, labor unions, vandals, and byzantine local regulations and by-laws. What's to love? But as wireless modulation schemes approach the Shannon-Hartley limit, the last mile will increasingly be where we see networks scale to meet the surging demand for mobile capacity. "

From a meeting notice of the Telecom Council of Silicon Valley.

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