Asee peer logo

Incorporation Of Broadband Access Technology In A Telecommunications Engineering Technology Program

Download Paper |


2008 Annual Conference & Exposition


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Publication Date

June 22, 2008

Start Date

June 22, 2008

End Date

June 25, 2008



Conference Session

Computer ET Innovation

Tagged Division

Engineering Technology

Page Count


Page Numbers

13.736.1 - 13.736.12



Permanent URL

Download Count


Request a correction

Paper Authors


Warren Koontz Rochester Institute of Technology

visit author page

Warren is currently a professor in the College of Applied Science and Technology at RIT and chair of the Telecommunications Engineering Technology program. He joined RIT in December 2000 after retiring from Bell Laboratories. He began his thirty two year career at Bell Labs as a member of technical staff in the Electronic Switching Division in Naperville Illinois. He was involved in a variety of projects at a variety of Bell Labs locations, including international assignments in The Netherlands and Germany. At the time of his retirement, he was a director in the Optical Networking Group in Nuremberg.

Warren holds a BSEE from the University of Maryland, a MSEE from MIT and a PhD from Purdue University. He is currently a student in the Community Education Division of Eastman School of Music. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

visit author page

author page

Chance Glenn Rochester Institute of Technology


Mark Indelicato Rochester Institute of Technology

visit author page

Mark J. Indelicato graduated from Manhattan College with a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering. Immediately following graduation he worked for Nippon Electric Corporation (NEC) as a Large Business Communications Systems Engineer. He traveled extensively throughout the United States and Puerto Rico designing, managing and troubleshooting voice and data communications systems. While at NEC, Professor Indelicato earned his Masters in Information Systems Engineering at Brooklyn Polytechnic University. He then was hired as the first faculty in the then newly formed Undergraduate Telecommunications Engineering Technology where he served as instructor and Program Chair. He now teaches in both the Graduate and Undergraduate telecom programs and has research interests in IP Multimedia Subsystems and VoIP Security.

visit author page

Download Paper |

NOTE: The first page of text has been automatically extracted and included below in lieu of an abstract

Incorporation of Broadband Access Technology in a Telecommunications Engineering Technology Program

Warren L. G. Koontz, Professor, Chance Glenn, Associate Professor and Mark Indelicato, Associate Professor

College of Applied Science and Technology

Rochester Institute of Technology


The so-called “last mile” of the telecommunications network, which links residences and business locations to the network, has traditionally been the last bastion of old technology. Residential voice service is still mostly provided via an analog signal over a pair of copper wires that connects the telephone to a switching system in a central office. The high-speed digital technology employed by modern switching systems and inter-office transmission systems does not extend to most residences. The local access network is a landscape of copper wires bound into large cables, splices, cross-boxes and other equipment that has provided voice-grade service over the years. However, the landscape is changing dramatically as both residential and business customers demand more and more bandwidth for a growing number of services including high- speed Internet access and video as well as voice. Telcos such as AT&T and Verizon as well as Multi-Service Operators (MSOs) are both vying to provide the “triple play” (voice, data and video) to these customers. In order to provide the triple play, service providers are introducing digital transmission and optical fiber, which have revolutionized long-haul communication, to the local access network.

The Telecommunication Engineering Technology program at RIT is responding to this trend by providing courses and laboratory facilities to introduce students to the associated technology. Our Telecommunication Systems Laboratory now features both passive optical network (PON) and hybrid fiber/coax (HFC) technology. These are two leading approaches to provide broadband access to support the triple play. In addition, we are developing new courses to cover topics such as video transmission and broadband network engineering. This paper presents the current status of our laboratory and course development along with our plans for future enhancements.


This paper consists of two parts: a review of communication requirements and technology in the local access network and a report on how this area is being addressed by the Telecommunication Engineering Technology Program and Rochester Institute of Technology.

Koontz, W., & Glenn, C., & Indelicato, M. (2008, June), Incorporation Of Broadband Access Technology In A Telecommunications Engineering Technology Program Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 10.18260/1-2--3585

ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2008 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015