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The DSL Forum Becomes The Broadband Forum
By: MarkJ - 17 June, 2008 (8:56 AM)

In recognition of changing network environments, The DSL Forum has officially changed its name to The Broadband Forum, which references its expanding scope beyond existing DSL (ADSL, SDSL etc.) broadband technologies and into future fibre and wireless solutions etc.:

"Broadband has already changed lives considerably since our organization first began in 1994 - but now the world stands on the brink of a giant leap forward in converged communications," said George Dobrowski, Chairman and President of The Broadband Forum.

"For some time now, we have been dealing with much more than DSL," continues Dobrowski. "Yet we discovered that because of the DSL in our name, many of our specifications that are access agnostic, management related or provide solutions to broader broadband issues, were being missed by the standards community because they mistakenly thought our work was just DSL specific.

This name change does reflect a change in the industry, as providers roll out many broadband technologies such as DSL, fiber and wireless to meet the needs of their customers. However, as DSL is a vital tool in expanding broadband access to more areas and increasing service speed via its flavors, such as ADSL2plus, VDSL2 and bonded DSL, our critical work in the DSL arena will absolutely continue,
" concluded Dobrowski.

http://www.broadband-forum.org .

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