|Topic:||The DSL Lead in Broadband|
|Title:||President & Chairperson|
|Organisation:||DSL Forum Board of Directors|
Tom Starr is the DSL Forum’s President and Chairman. He has served as a member of the DSL Forum Board of Directors from its inception in 1994. Tom Starr is a Senior Member of the Technical Staff of SBC Technology Resources Inc. responsible for the development and standardization of new local access technologies for SBC’s network. These technologies include ADSL, HDSL, and VDSL. Tom has also served as Chairperson of the ANSI accredited standards working group T1E1.4 that develops xDSL standards for the United States, received the Committee T1 Outstanding Leadership Award in 2001, and now serves at T1E1.4 Vice-chair. Tom participates in the ITU SG15 Q4 group on xDSL international standards. He is a co-author of the books “DSL Advances” published by Prentice Hall in 2003, and “Understanding Digital Subscriber Line Technology” published by Prentice Hall in 1999. Tom Starr previously worked 12 years at AT&T Bell Laboratories on ISDN and local telephone switching systems. Tom has been issued 12 US patents in the field of telecommunications. He earned his MS degree in Computer Science and a BS degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois in Urbana Il.
DSL is the world’s leading broadband delivery system; by yearend 2005 there should be 200 million DSL users. Steadily rising speeds, now up to 3 Megabits, and the DSL equipment that works “right out of the box” assure DSL’s dominance. DSL’s success is due, in part, to the DSL Forum’s efforts to standardise the specifications for DSL service and equipment. The Forum, using a network of independent laboratories, has simplified the process of certifying the interoperability of DSL equipment.
As businesses and consumers get used to their broadband connections and increasingly view them as a business and lifestyle essential, the DSL industry has focussed on delivering robust connections of increasing speed.