“Facilities-based” provider of Broadband service: [NOFA] An entity is a “facilities-based” provider of Broadband service connections to end user locations if any of the following conditions are met: (1) it owns the portion of the physical facility that terminates at the end user location; (2) it obtains unbundled network elements (UNEs), special access lines, or other leased facilities that terminate at the end user location and provisions/equips them as Broadband; or (3) it provisions/equips a Broadband wireless channel to the end user location over licensed or unlicensed spectrum.
(FCC) The Federal Communications Commission: Established by the Communications Act of 1934, the FCC is the federal agency in charge of overseeing interstate telecommunications, as well as all the communications services originating and terminating in the United States.
FCC Form 499-A: (CGB Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet Form 499-A): Provides a cross-reference of all telecommunications providers within the state. “Principal Communications Type” Categories include: Any Type (all), All Distance, Cable TV provider of local exchange, CAP/CLEC, Cellular/PCS/SMR, ILEC (Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier), Interexchange Carrier (IXC), Local Reseller, Operator Service Provider (OSP), Other Local, Other Mobile, Other Toll, Paging & Messaging, Payphone Service Provider, Prepaid Card, Private Service Provider, Satellite, Shared Tenant Service Provider, SMR (dispatch), Toll Reseller, Interconnected VoIP, and Wireless Data. Data provided is a 6-digit “499 Filer ID”, “Legal Name of Reporting Entity” name and “Doing Business As” name. Search on category “Any Type” yielded 1,477 records; search on “Wireless Data” yielded 26 records.
(FDDI) Fiber Distributed Data Interface: An ANSI defined standard by which computers can communicate at 100 million bits per second over fiber-optic token ring network.
(FDDI-LAN) Fiber Distributed Data Interface- LAN: An American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and ISO defined standard for high-speed (100 MBPS) local area network (LAN) communications using fiber-optic cable as the transmission medium.
(FDMA) Frequency Division Multiple Access: A multiplexing and multiple access technique for sharing of a spectrum band where each user is assigned a single transmission channel.
(FEC) Forward Error Correction: A data transmission technique that is able to correct for bad data transmitted on the receiving end by using the correction bits and a predetermined algorithm sequence.
Feeder Line: Intermediate distribution line (fiber or coaxial cable) that connects a trunk from the headend to the drop cables serving individual homes.
Fiber Optics: Thin transparent fibers of glass or plastic that are enclosed by material of a lower index of refraction and in which Light-Emitting Diodes (LED)s send light through the fiber to a
detector that turns the light into an electrical signal.
Firewire: An interface based on the IEEE 1394 standard which allows OpenCable" set-top boxes to be connected to digital television sets without signal degradation.
Forbearance: A regulatory body’s decision not to exercise its authority over a given market or company, usually because there is competition.
(FPS) Fast Packet Switching: A packet-oriented switching technique that uses short and fixed length packets to increase the throughput.
(FR) Frame Relay: A packet access protocol primarily used to inter-connect distant LANs and routers together, to Internet access via T-1.
Franchise: Contractual agreement between a cable operator and a governmental entity that defines the rights and responsibilities of each in the construction and operation of a cable system within a specified geographic area.
Franchising Authority: Governmental body (city, county, or state) responsible for awarding and overseeing local cable franchises.
(FTP) File Transfer Protocol: Widely used prior to 1995, it is a protocol that enables the user to log onto computers at other sites and transfer or retrieve files. These files were retrieved/transferred in text format.