FCC: DWDM Network Design Process Is Not Effective for Network Design
CNET article Updated Feb 08, 2019 09:16:28 The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is cracking down on networks that do not adhere to a network design standard.
According to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, the agency has decided to begin instituting a “dwdn” (digital data domain) and “network” (naming convention) system, and will begin enforcing a “network design” standard that will define the way the public and private sectors can connect to and interact with their networks.
“Dwdn network design is not a reliable way to design a network,” Pai said in a press conference today.
This change is not an immediate one, but Pai is calling for a period of time during which “Dwdm networks will have to be more reliable.”
In other words, it’s not the end of the world, it will take some time for the system to catch up to the standards that will become the new rules.
The new standards will be introduced over the next year, but the process for getting them on the books is being handled by a group of different agencies, including the Federal Communications Committee (FCCC), the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), and the Federal Trade Commission (ftc).
“These standards have a great potential to improve the network design process,” Pai stated.
Pai also said that he wants the new standards to be used in all areas of the electrical system, including homes, schools, and other public places.
According to Pai, if a system fails to comply with the new requirements, “it will be the responsibility of the consumer to get in contact with the agency that regulates it.”
The new rules also will apply to residential wireless and broadband connections.
Numerous industry experts are skeptical that the FCC will actually enforce the new standard, and that the new network design rules are not actually a significant improvement over current rules.
In a statement, the CTIA said the FCC is “misleading the American people” by calling for the introduction of a Dwdn-based network design.
The CTIA also argued that the network standards would result in a “small and insecure network that will have a negligible impact on the health of our nation.”