This book discusses the design, performance and implementation of access protocols with emphasis on how such protocols can efficiently support disparate classes of multimedia traffic. These protocols are deployed or experimented in various broadband wireless environments such as wireless ATM, satellite networks, mobile cellular and personal communication systems, wireless local loops, wireless local area networks, and others. Besides a comprehensive introduction and survey to the evolution of access protocols, some of the hottest topics of current interest are covered. These include: Connection control and QoS provisioning. Traffic load balancing techniques. Developments in advanced CDMA/TDMA/OFDM systems. International standardization efforts (e.g., 3G, IMT 2000). Emerging broadband wireless access (e.g., wireless ATM, satellite ATM, high-speed wireless LANs). The complete design, performance analysis, simulation and protocol verification of a generalized broadband multiple access protocol. While engineering aspects are discussed, the emphasis is on the physical understanding of access protocols, from basic proposals to the latest innovations. Mathematical treatment is kept to a minimum, and most of the fundamental concepts are explained based on intuition and insights, supplemented by numerous illustrative figures. In addition, these concepts are expressed succinctly and concisely. Wherever possible, important references that make major contributions to the field are included for interested readers to investigate further. Latest updates and useful Web resources are posted at the book's Web site.