Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks (SWITCH v2-0) (#192)

After the recent upgrade of the switching infrastructure, the network engineer notices that the port roles that were once “blocking” are now defined as “alternate” and “backup.” What is the reason for this change?

The new switches are using RSTP instead of legacy IEEE 802.1D STP.
IEEE 802.1D STP and PortFast have been configured by default on all newly implemented Cisco Catalyst switches.
The administrator has defined the switch as the root in the STP domain.
The port roles have been adjusted based on the interface bandwidth and timers of the new Cisco Catalyst switches.