Bandwidth & Government Controls

Subject: Bandwidth & Government Controls
From: Micheal Uhl <MU17692 -at- USAV01 -dot- GLAXO -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 1995 18:53:00 EST

As I wrote to this forum several months ago, George
Gilder, a professor at M.I.T. has written a new
book called _Telecosm_. In it, he talks about new,
more effective ways of using fiber optic

He espouses the notion of "dark" or "dumb" fiber in
which the bandwidth is so large and wide open that
it can be compared to the Earth's atmosphere and
the vast electromagnetic waves present therein.

If we adopt Gilder's idea of fiberspace, we will
need an FCC-like institution to act as referee.
On the other hand, maybe I don't know enough about
the engineering aspects of this technology and I
am wasting what we call "bandwidth" here in
TECHWR-L land.

BTW, I believe excerpts from Gilder's book are
going to bepublished in a serial fashion in
Forbes magazine.

Please let me know if you know any more about
George Gilder and _Telecosm_.


Mike Uhl (uhl~m -at- glaxo -dot- com)
Glaxo Inc. Research Institute
Research Triangle Park, NC

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