[Air-l] "last mile" query
elw at stderr.org
elw at stderr.org
Fri Sep 8 11:03:12 PDT 2006
As an aside, one of the folks on Dave Farber's "interesting_people" list
might be able to give you a little better push in the right direction -
that list is full of telecom pioneers: ethernet developers, cell phone
inventors, et cetera.
On Fri, 8 Sep 2006, elw at stderr.org wrote:
> Date: Fri, 8 Sep 2006 12:48:34 -0500 (CDT)
> From: elw at stderr.org
> Reply-To: air-l at listserv.aoir.org
> To: air-l at listserv.aoir.org
> Subject: Re: [Air-l] "last mile" query
> That's a telco industry term, not originally an academic term.
> The telephone network is very different between switching stations than it
> is between those switching stations and individual homes. Thus, the "last
> mile" terminology originated as a way of pointing out that the
> edge-of-network deployment issues were very different than those
> surrounding the core network - which is often made up of fiber, microwave
> links, et cetera. Things that you wouldn't expect to have run from the
> switching station to the curb in front of your house/apartment/etc.
> "last mile" has of course been co-opted and adopted by people who want to
> talk about cable, fiber to the curb, etc. But -- start with practice in
> the telecoms industry.
> [You might consider hunting around in some of the testimony from the Ma
> Bell monopoly case...]
> On Fri, 8 Sep 2006, Jonathan Sterne wrote:
>> Date: Fri, 08 Sep 2006 13:03:37 -0400
>> From: Jonathan Sterne <jonathan.sterne at mcgill.ca>
>> Reply-To: air-l at listserv.aoir.org
>> To: air-l at listserv.aoir.org
>> Subject: [Air-l] "last mile" query
>> Hi All,
>> This is a request for bibliographic help.
>> I can find countless resources that USE the idea of the "last mile" to talk
>> about end user access issues in a wide range of contexts. But I am having a
>> much harder time tracking down the origins of the term or its early
>> development with respect to cable, the internet and other networked
>> Any suggestions would be much appreciated, including suggestions for
>> "classic texts" in the development of the idea.
>> Thank you.
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