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Broadband content delivery forum created

More than 30 leading Internet infrastructure, content and service providers -- including the likes of Nortel, AT&T Broadband and British Telecom -- have joined forces to establish a forum to improve b...


May 1, 2000  


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More than 30 leading Internet infrastructure, content and service providers — including the likes of Nortel, AT&T Broadband and British Telecom — have joined forces to establish a forum to improve broadband content delivery to businesses and consumers.

Called the Broadband Content Delivery Forum (BCDF), the new assembly will focus on recommending open architectures to deliver rich, multimedia content over emerging broadband networks and improve end user experience through improved performance and personalization.

A release issued by the forum says “today’s Internet infrastructure architectures are optimized for dial-up links. This architecture hampers people from receiving the full potential of higher performance broadband access links. Rich content is delivered at a slower rate than the capabilities of the links, resulting in a sluggish and often unusable experience.”

BCDF plans to focus on developing open architectures for improving the performance of broadband content delivery by bypassing Internet bottlenecks and by moving broadband content closer to the aggregation networks connected directly to end users. The goal is to help people realize a better overall experience while creating new opportunities for service and content providers.

The BCDF is soliciting membership from the entire broadband value chain. Anthony Alles, President and General Manager, IP Services, Nortel Networks, will serve as interim chairman of the group until the BCDF’s initial meeting in May.


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