[futurebasic] Re: 56k Standards[X-FB]

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From: Mike Friedman <friedo@...>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 1997 14:57:00 -0500 (EST)
Of course, because of an FCC standard from the 1920's, you can never
actually reach a speed of 56k on an analog phone line.  In theory, it
could be done, but it's illegal to produce the required voltages on a
copper twisted pair.  If you do, a little RF radiation detector in the CO
goes bazirk and the phone guys are at your house in minutes.  So, in
short, although these modems are CAPABLE of doing 56k, they won't, because
it's against the law.  :)

On Tue, 9 Dec 1997, Terence Jordan wrote:

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> >The battle over technical standards for 56-Kbps modems appears to be over,
> >with rival camps tentatively agreeing to a compromise between 3Com's X2 and
> >Rockwell International's K56flex technologies.  The new international
> >standard, approved by an International Telecommunication Union working
> >committee, incorporates details from both transmission techniques, leaving
> >both sides claiming victory:  "Everybody is a net winner in this one," says
> >an analyst at a modem-market tracking firm.  With a new standard in place,
> >it is expected that most 56K modems made this year can be upgraded fairly
> >simply through the addition of new software.  (Wall Street Journal 8 Dec 97)
> Sounds nice, to say the least.
> I heard recently that 3Com bought USR; I was surprised.
> -- Terence Jordan (tatewake@...)
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