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Meanwhile the group continues to crank out work, estimating it will have released a total of 19 specifications by the end of this year. Three new standards — in the areas of verification taxonomy, cataloging attributes for virtual component transfers and an advanced on-chip bus interface — are going through a final editing stage now and are set for release before the end of the year.

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Meanwhile the group continues to crank out work, estimating it will have released a total of 19 specifications by the end of this year. Three new standards — in the areas of verification taxonomy, cataloging attributes for virtual component transfers and an advanced on-chip bus interface — are going through a final editing stage now and are set for release before the end of the year.

The continued dominance of incumbents has irked CLECs. For example, Michael Malaga, chief executive of Northpoint, cancelled his appearance at the DSL Summit, charging Verizon Communications Inc. with breach of contract after Verizon backed out of an $800 million deal to acquire 55 percent of the San Francisco CLEC.

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I recently read an article on a business method espoused by Silicon Valley entrepreneur Eric Ries in his book titled, The Lean Startup . He urges businesses to hit the market with a viable product as soon as possible and not spend too much time on perfection.

Read: Manage costs.

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Ries suggests that startups refine the product through product testing in the market and getting feedback from initial customers. His model is taking the business world by storm: The book hit bestseller lists, creating an almost cult-like following in the entrepreneurial world.

It is always interesting to see ideas such as his catch fire, especially when they are based on simple common sense. Bootstrapping is a smart business move, period. It manages risk at every level, starting from the business owner and employees to the end user.  

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Breker Verification Systems, the EDA startup I co-founded in 2003, is built on a similar principle, setting itself apart from the typical high-tech startup that raises loads of money to figure out if a viable product can be built. From there, the startup raises more money to actually build the product and then raises even more to create hype around the product. By the end of the process, the founders’ and employees’ holdings are often diluted to a pittance, and many times investors start dictating the technical roadmap, even if it is not the best thing for the future potential of the technology.

Breker is an example of the value of bootstrapping as a management practice. It remains one of the few surviving startups of its generation in the EDA industry and only recently took Series A funding to scale operations, expanding sales, support and R&D.

Jessica Rosenworcel, senior attorney for the Common Carrier Bureau of the FCC, said that in the year since the FCC issued its line-sharing rule, which allows competitive carriers to use a high-frequency portion of the same line on which incumbents provide voice service, there have been far fewer requests for line-sharing than the commission anticipated.

While this may represent CLECs' skepticism at being treated fairly by incumbents, it could also represent a fear by the competitive carriers of moving directly into home broadband access.

Attendees also worried what would happen to the FCC if George W. Bush wins the White House. In general, Republicans favor incumbents and Democrats usually side with CLECs, although there are exceptions to this rule.

But the FCC will tackle two issues in 2001 that will have wide-ranging consequences. In the telco-only space, the FCC will examine how remote terminals, the neighborhood pedestals that extend termination outside the central office, should be handled from a competitive co-location standpoint. And in the phone companies' battles with cable TV companies, the FCC will begin preliminary hearings on whether cable TV companies should be treated as regulated common carriers when they offer data and voice services.

While cable modem deployment in the United States remains ahead of DSL, Bacco said that the gap is closing, and that DSL lines should exceed cable modem lines by mid-2001. Current estimates place DSL lines at 2 million in North America as of October 1, with cable modems at 2.3 million.

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