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With the rapid increase in bandwidth and the introduction of advanced IP services including voice, high-speed internet access, and video/IPTV, consumers are more vulnerable to malicious users than ever. In recent years, providing safe and sound networks and services have been the zenith priority for service providers and network carriers alike. Users are hesitant to subscribe to new services unless service providers guarantee secure connections. More importantly, government agencies of many countries have introduced legislations requiring service providers to keep track and records of owners of IP and MAC addresses at all time. This paper first presents an overview of Metro Ethernet (or Ethernet-To-The-Home/Business (ETTx)) and compares with various IP broadband access technologies including DSL, wireless and cable.
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