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By National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, Committee on Broadband Last Mile Technology

Broadband applied sciences - together with DSL (digital subscriber line), cable modem, instant, fiber optics, and satellite tv for pc - are supplying apartments and small companies with high-speed net entry. This document, by means of the nationwide Academies' Committee on Broadband final Mile know-how, examines the applied sciences, regulations, and techniques linked to broadband connectivity and recommends how one can foster its wider deployment.

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As with many other open source projects, such as Linux and the Internet, the development of Asterisk was fueled by the dreams of folks who knew that there had to be something more than what the industry was producing. The strength of the community is that it is composed not of employees assigned to specific tasks, but rather of folks from all sorts of industries, with all sorts of experiences, and all sorts of ideas about what flexibility means, and what openness means. These people knew that if one could take the best parts of various PBXes and separate them into interconnecting components—akin to a boxful of LEGO bricks—one could begin to conceive of things that would not survive a traditional corporate risk-analysis process.

Asterisk: The Hacker’s PBX Telecommunications companies who choose to ignore Asterisk do so at their peril. The flexibility it delivers creates possibilities that the best proprietary systems can scarcely dream of. This is because Asterisk is the ultimate hacker’s PBX. If someone asks you not to use the term hacker, refuse. This term does not belong to the mass media. ” It’s time we took it back. Hackers built the networking engine that is the Internet. Hackers built the Apple Macintosh and the Unix operating system.

Perhaps these people can be likened to visitors to an art studio, looking to obtain a signed, numbered print. * Even at this early stage in its success, Asterisk is nurtured by a greater number of artists than any other PBX. Most manufacturers dedicate no more than a few developers to any one product; Asterisk has scores. Most proprietary PBXes have a worldwide support team comprised of a few dozen real experts; Asterisk has hundreds. The depth and breadth of the expertise that surrounds this product is unmatched in the telecom industry.

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