The Digital Media Project

 

Source

Philip Merrill

 

Title

TRU #71 to attach playback devices of one's choice to a network

No.

040216merrill03

 

Name:

Philip Merrill

Affiliation/additional information:

Active Contributor, Pasadena, California

Date submitted:

2004/02/16

 

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Criteria

Description

1.

Name of TRU

TRU to attach playback devices of one's choice to a network

2.

Summary description of TRU

traditionally users have enjoyed the possibility to attach any device to the telephone network that did not damage it

3.

Use records of TRU

FCC Chairman Powell on Feb 8 said, "consumers should be permitted to attach any devices they choose to the connection in their homes. Because devices give consumers more choice, value and personalization with respect to how they use their high-speed connections, they are critical to the future of broadband. Thus, I challenge all facets of the industry to permit consumers to attach any devices they choose to their broadband connection, so long as the devices operate within service plan limitations and do not harm the providerís network or enable theft of service. "

4.

Nature of TRU

Put forward in a speech by Michael K. Powell, Chairman of the FCC at the Silicon Flatirons Symposium February 8, 2004 http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-243556A1.doc

5.

Benefits of TRU

Recommended for consumers to demand from their choice of broadband service provider

6.

Possible digital support

Although this remains somewhat low-level for DMP at this pre-implementation point in the work, correct specification of devices and types of attachment should be made clearcut and take advantage of manufacturing efficiencies where possible. For example, to what degree would DMP encourage or permit USB or Firewire attachment? The connector might be a more stubborn bottleneck than the behavior of the device to be attached.

7.

Requirements

Determine to what extent the specifications for this are part of the RQ phase versus the conformance phase.

8.

References