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07/30/2004 - Fiber to the Home Will Boost Economy

The dream of the members of the Fiber-to-the-Home council is to have an optical fiber connection to every home in every community in the world. The dream isn't for the fiber itself; it's the content that can then be delivered. The high speed, broadband capability would make quality distance education available to home schoolers, students who have missed a day of school, and for those who want to learn a rarely taught esoteric subject. Rural health care would be of higher quality with more expertise available without travel. Then there is the entertainment and communications capability. Personal communications including Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), picture telephone, video, e-mail, etc. will have a huge boost. "It has been clearly demonstrated that fiber to the home drives economic development," says Dana Bisaro, Zero dB CEO and Treasurer of the Fiber-to-the-Home Council. Six hundred cities are building fiber-to-the-home networks now.

At the recent Fiber-to-the-Home Council meeting in the Davenport Hotel, all of these facets of optical fiber capability were demonstrated and discussed. Dr. Steve Simmons of Eastern Washington University's Computer Science Department discussed distance education and the virtual classroom. Jan McClintok, Technology Services Manager for the City of Fontana, California discussed the processes and procedures Fontana used in planning their Municipal metropolitan area network (MAN). Representatives of iPlay3 tm gave a demonstration of an integrated triple-play solution. iPlay3 tm is a consortium made up of NetCentrex, Inc., Envivio, Inc., and Highdeal, Inc.

Triple-play is a term used in the industry and refers to integrated IP telephony (VoIP), IP video on demand, and IP television. The triple-play demonstration was from the perspective of the entertainment and services provider, and effectively demonstrated just one way an entrepreneur could benefit economically from fiber-to-the-home. The iPlay3 tm system uses MPEG-4, H.264 main profile, level 3, which is the broadcast industry standard for MPEG-4. Sometimes implemented as "a settop box on a chip", MPEG-4 is coded using an authoring tool specifically for MPEG-4, so that software and hardware are well coordinated, and all time-critical information is on the chip. Envivio, Inc. created the MPEG-4 encoding system.

NetCentrex creates network-based applications for VoIP, multimedia services, Internet access, and other IP applications. Highdeal, Inc. created the software that provides the billing systems. Transaction management, including pricing, rating, billing, settlement, and profit/loss analysis, is essential for the new high tech entrepreneur.
To learn more about the iPlay3 tm visit their Web site at

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