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Tom Starr

MTS Lead at AT&T


 AT&T's use cases for serving Multiple Dwelling Units with Gfast via coax and twisted pair wires are discussed. DPU powering locally and via reverse power from the CPE are described. The applicable BBF and ITU-T standards are listed with a discussion of multi-vendor interoperability. AT&T's Gfast field trials and service plans for 2017 are discussed.

My bio: Tom Starr is a Lead Member of Technical Staff at AT&T in suburban Chicago, Illinois. Tom is responsible for the development and standardization of local access and home networking technologies for AT&T’s network. These technologies include ADSL, HDSL, SHDSL, VDSL, and Tom was named “one of the 100 most powerful persons in telecommunications” by Global Telecoms Business magazine in 2010 for being “a true architect of the broadband availability the world enjoys today.” In 2009, Tom received the prestigious AT&T Science and Technology Medal. Tom serves as President of the Broadband Forum and has also served as a member of the Board of Directors from the inception as the ADSL Forum in 1994. Tom is also a distinguished fellow of the Broadband Forum From 1988 to 2000, Tom has served as Chairperson of ANSI accredited standards working group T1E1.4 which develops xDSL standards for the United States, received the Committee T1 Outstanding Leadership Award in 2001, and now serves at ATIS COAST-NAI Chairman. In the ITU-T SG15, Tom serves as Chairman of Working Party 1, addressing fiber, Gfast, DSL, and home networking standards. Tom participates in the ITU SG15 Q4 group on xDSL international standards. Tom is a co-author of the books “DSL Advances” published by Prentice Hall in 2003, “Understanding Digital Subscriber Line Technology” published by Prentice Hall in 1999, “Broadband Access” published by Wiley in 2014, and author of the Science Fiction novel “Virtual Vengeance.”

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