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Writer Defines Broadband and Digital Signals

Dear Source,
In the article PSC Survey Seeks Input on Broadband Demand, the question shouldn't be whether there is a need for DS3 lines but rather is there a need for high speed lines (DS3, DS5, OC3, OC12, etc.). In your articles regarding this topic, try to separate the term Broadband (which commonly refers to DSL and Cable modem) from Digital Signals/Carrier Lines (DSx/Tx). There are numerous sites that detail the different types of connections. One site in particular is www.zytrax.com/tech/data_rates.htm
A DS3 line is just one type of high-speed line. Other common connections are:
T1 @ 1.544Mbps
OC3 @ 155Mbps
OC12 @ 622Mbps
(OC lines require Fiber Optic Cables)
I know that Innovative provides Fractional T1 and T1 connections. It is very unlikely that any household would need a DS3 line. It is also very unlikely that any company in the Virgin Islands would need a DS3 line unless they are in the business of reselling telecom lines (e.g. Choice Communications) or doing research with other institutions around the world (e.g. UVI).
In my opinion, there is a need for high-speed connections in the Virgin Islands. Regardless of who the reseller is, Virgin Islands residents should be given affordable choices for Broadband connections (i.e. DSL or Cable). Neither the article mentioned above or the post requesting input ("Public Services Commission Request for Public Comment") clearly identify the benefits of high speed lines or what can be gained from having high-speeds lines in the Virgin Islands (e.g. access to DSL, Cable modem, VoIP, etc.). In determining how many people are likely to want Broadband service or T1 lines, the PSC can then see whether DS3 or OC3 lines are needed and how many of each to support the demand.

Shomari A. Moorehead
IT Consultant

Editor's note: Moorehead is from St. Croix. She is currently doing consulting in Boston, New York and Weston, Fla.
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