Anyway Huber saw the potential for an infrastructure that was predicated on an OOO core. Processing would come from the edge, and this model would allow for scalability that would be limitless for adding capacity to the entire infrastructure without so much as a hiccup. But, believe it or not there are still advocates that believe that we will reach a point where we don't have to scale ... a point where we just won't need any more bandwidth and so .. why not process at the core? Any idea who that entity is? Yup, you guessed it .. the same lame assed bunch that want to keep us paying for copper lines that run back to a switch that is half the size of a school bus.
Huber has known all along what our global infrastructure should look like. His dream is to get rid of the hodgepodge mass of tangled dried spagetti that takes an army to run. His vision tells us to let the bandwidth flow through the core at excess capacity and groom off what you need at the edge, ..run your processing at the edge ... run all services from the edge and keep your opex to a minimum. Provisioning is a snap and scalability is as easy as plug and play. His vision is the right one .. and the time to adopt it is now.
I agree that he is going to want to play in the equipment space again. He's got way to many "right" answers to simply walk away. Especially now after he was hung out to dry by those who know far less than he does ... but now are paying the price by having to play catchup once again. Oh, I'm sure legacy will not go down easily. They are going to go kicking and screaming into "that good night". But as networks like BWNG begin to grow and capture market share for what will eventually become obvious reasons,... Huber will quietly step back into the limelight a little at a time, and history will remember him as the man who transformed telecom.
Broadwing will have to survive many more years before their bandwidth will be needed. Everyone including the RBOCs are going to IP. It is great if you are a hacker. Not so good if you want to keep your data private. The government and the credit card companies regularly get hacked. It is just not reported in the news because they do not want you to know just how insecure your personal data is.