Posted 23 April 2010 - 08:44 PM
[quote name='tkrandall']While it may sound good to have a common standard that allows the consumer to shop around content providers more easily - is there a real potential for a down side such as adverse impact on innovation (or financial incentive for innovation) that having to hold devices to a common standard might impose? Forcing solutions that could end up imposing unintended or unforeseen limitations would be a concern I have.
Moreover, the FCC chair seems to have quite a vision for broadband as THE panacea for society, and the indications as to his commitment to achieve this vision and the level of social engineering the FCC is looking to impose to achieve it... well I find it all a bit unnerving. I guess I am just old school.......[/QUOTE]
I doubt it will be a problem. More than likely more funds will be focused on one target standard like in other technologies.
[quote name='Tom Servo']I'm wondering how much this magic box is going to cost if it has to decode all these different digital streams. Providers may only use a handful of encoding schemes, but don't they use a lot of different encryption schemes? Seems like that will drive up costs a lot.
It reminds me of the desire people have to be able to take a phone handset across multiple providers, which means having multiple transceivers for a myriad of frequencies. My (unsubsidized) GSM phone was $500 over four years ago. I can only imagine how big, bulky and expensive it'd be if it had integrated CDMA, TDMA, EV-DO, UMTS, iDEN and I dunno what else included.[/QUOTE]
This is already being done and its pretty cheap to do now. To manufacturer a phone that has all technologies is not very expensive for carriers anymore. Obviously in mass production.
[quote name='tkrandall']I understand it is an output standard that the providers would have to meet. My concern is could that in itself stifle innovation? If all providers must output in a common format, and be restricted to that as well (will they be?), inevitably that format might end up stale.... or otherwise limit innovation possibilities. Face it, one of the drivers of innovation is in thinking you have an edge on something via a new product development. What if some genius comes up with a great new idea but it would require deployment on a platform/protocol the FCC does not bless.... what then?
Take cell phones for example. The fact that the U.S. did not adopt/mandate a common digital standard as did Europe has at times been annoying when it come to roaming and equipment portability, etc. But I would say the fact that the CDMA standard exists and has had commercial success probably forced the GSM world to take note and make progress they other wise would not have made, or at least not as quickly.
I will be happy if my concerns are mis-placed.[/QUOTE]
Thats a good point but they went GSM for example because the ease of moving a chip from one phone to another. There is still other standards used throughout Europe and across the globe as will in this case. The FCC will not stop new innovations but they will make it so consumers will have much more flexibility. I think its a great start and I look forward to this really working by 2012 if not sooner.