Assignment 2: Last Mile
The “last mile” is a term that is used to explain how the end user ultimately connects to a network. Regardless of which Internet service provider (ISP) a business or an individual uses, a network’s connectivity, signal, noise ratios, and other network components are often determined by the last mile provider. Usually, there is only one, which makes it nearly impossible to have any form of true redundancy. It is an important element to understand while you study networking.
In this assignment, you will research and study the concept of the last mile and T1 communications.
Develop a 4- to 5-page paper and address the following:
Evaluate the last mile connection in terms of a link that is used between an end user and an ISP.
Explain the last mile link options that are typically available to most end users (such as cable and digital subscriber line [DSL] services). Keep in mind that these options are usually missing in small rural communities.
Identify two to three of the more common connections and summarize their associated data rates, typical uses, and approximate costs. Obtain the exact cost information from at least one of the service providers.
Examine the role that T1 communications lines play in long-distance communications in conjunction with repeaters.
Compare different carriers used by service providers (such as a telecommunication company versus a cable service provider). Also, differentiate the types of equipment used as carriers by these service providers.
Note: Your paper should utilize at least three scholarly or professional sources (beyond your textbook). Your paper should be written in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrate ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources (i.e., in APA format); and display accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
By the due date assigned, save your paper as M4_A2_Lastname_Firstname.doc and submit it to the Submissions Area.
Assignment 2 Grading CriteriaMaximum PointsEvaluated the last mile connection.20Explained the last mile link options that are typically available to most end users.20Identified two to three of the more common connections and summarized their associated data rates, typical uses, and approximate costs.20Examined the role that T1 communications lines play in long-distance communications in conjunction with repeaters.12Compared different carriers used by service providers.8Wrote in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrated ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources; displayed accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.20Total:100
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