And now for something a little different from what we normally report on. is a telecom standard which allows really fast (capable of over a gigabit) communication over moderate distances (~a quarter of a mile) using standard telephone cable. The point of this standard is to avoid installing infrastructure between the end of a fiber roll-out to the neighborhood and the insides of every individual home.

Eh, it looks enough like a phone cord.

The hope that it will trigger another wave of infrastructure improvements for upcoming "Ultra-HD" (4K and 8K) video services and online storage solutions. Installing fiber seems to be treated more like self-obligation than a necessary upgrade. This solution would not even require a technician to enter the home much like we currrently have with ADSL2.

I do have lingering concerns, however, with the reliability of fiber-optic networks. Copper infrasturcture was designed to be resilient. I wonder how reliable will be compared to this legacy network in areas prone to natural disaster. It sounds like standard telephone services will, unlike a fiber-to-the-home solution, function in a power outage at least at the home level but what about one localized to that neighborhood? Then again, this is definitely not an area of my expertise.

The ITU wants to be finalized "as early as" April 2014.