Dynamic Time Metered Delivery (DTMD): Potential Effect on the Goals of the Federal Communications Commission’s National Broadband Plan

MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar Series


poseyBrian Wenford Jesse Posey, Cofounder, President, and CEO, TelePulse Technologies Corporation

Date: April 11, 2011

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About the Presentation

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has stated that broadband is the great infrastructure challenge of the early 21st century. On March 16, 2010, the FCC published “Connecting America: The National Broadband Plan.” One of the goals of the FCC plan is to have 100M US households with affordable access to actual download speeds of at least 100Mbps and actual upload speeds of at least 50Mbps. The FCC also has the goal that every American should have affordable access to robust broadband (5Mbps) service. This webinar examines the potential use of Dynamic Time Metered Delivery (DTMD) in the furtherance of these goals using data and analysis from public sources and TelePulse Technologies Corporation (inventors of DTMD). The key questions the research proposes to answer are:

  • Using Hypercube analysis, how would key elements of the value chain for phone companies categorize and react to DTMD as an innovation?
  • Are there specific goals of the FCC National Broadband Plan that might be directly furthered by the use of DTMD?

By decreasing the price of broadband performance, DTMD can further FCC’s goals for broadband adoption in rural communities, less dense suburban communities, and low-income urban communities. With DTMD and without capital expenditure, the current broadband un-served can be provided with a broadband speed of minimum 5Mbps on their current phone lines. The cost for a phone company to provide the service goes from being a capital expenditure to a consumable expenditure. In the case of broadband deployment, for rural communities, less dense urban communities and low-income urban communities, private sector business goals and public sector goals conflict. Various parts of a broadband provider’s value chain may see needed innovation as potentially disruptive, lacking a robust total market, or lacking a high degree of interest by the service provider (the perceived driver of market volume). While private sector investment in broadband has increased, that funding is focused more on incremental improvement to market-proven technologies. FCC-driven investment opportunities and incentives to innovate for the un-served should include opportunities to use technologies that are not fully market-proven.

About the Speaker

B.W. “Jess” Posey is co-founder, president, and CEO of TelePulse Technologies Corporation, a high-tech startup based in Alexandria, VA, and Chester Springs, PA, specializing in “last mile” solutions in broadband telecommunications.

In June, Jess will graduate with an SM in engineering and management from the System Design and Management Program at MIT. He also holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in physics and political science from the US Naval Academy.

The MIT System Design and Management Program Webinar Series on Systems Thinking for Contemporary Challenges features research conducted by SDM faculty, alumni, students, and industry partners. The series is designed to disseminate information on how to employ systems thinking to address the engineering, management, and socio-political components of complex challenges.