Industry Convergence, Interconnection, Services, Technology,
Telecommunications, Computer, Internet, Cable TV, Wireless, Satellite
Part of a series on advanced technology
deployment, The Electronic Apple Pie provides policy makers with a
primer on technologies for traditional telephone networks (circuit-switched
technology) and data networks (packet-switched technology). Simple
diagrams show the convergence of the telecommunications, cable TV, computer,
Internet, wireless, and satellite industries. Simple descriptions
explain how voice, data, and video networks are continue to converge.
The Electronic Apple Pie lays the
groundwork for communications policies that are technology-neutral. Industry
convergence requires examination of network congestion, design, reliability,
and bandwidth. This paper identifies policy questions that need to be
answered in order to encourage deployment of "advanced telecommunications
capabilities," as required by Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act
of 1996 and to increase bandwidth.