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Daily news and top headlines for broadband communications engineering and design professionals

Lurid confessions of a beta tester

May 31, 1997 8:00 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, Cable Modem Surfer and President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Comments

I've been beta testing a cable modem since mid-January. I confess, I love it. When it works, that is. I get enormous data rates; Web pages SNAP! onto the screen. Huge documents download in seconds. But it doesn't always work. Remember the old rap against cable system reliability, that cable systems aren't reliable enough to compete against the telephone companies? It's still true.

Is it premature for analog requiem?

May 31, 1997 8:00 pm | by Walt Ciciora | Comments

The recent adoption of an accelerated schedule for DTV deployment in the U.S. has caused some in the popular press to suggest that the sole surviving technology for terrestrial domestic broadcasting will be digital, and that analog NTSC will rapidly fade away. There are several reasons why this may not happen at all.

The devil is hiding in the details

May 31, 1997 8:00 pm | by Roger Brown | Comments

Some will argue that deploying new services isn't as easy as writing a check, however. A newspaper story out of Boston last month could give some ammunition to that point-of-view, and show why it's been a struggle for many to get high-speed data service up and running. For a lengthy list of potential problems, especially in the software domain, lie waiting to trip up even the most savvy operator.

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Creating a Virtual Presence

May 31, 1997 8:00 pm | by Alan Gordon, Director of Video Business Unit, Superior Electronics Group Inc. | Comments

A customer complaint is a poor substitute for sound network practices. With competition and the deployment of new services, reliability of the network has become critical. Information from a network monitoring system is playing a key role in improving construction practices, installation procedures, plant maintenance procedures and customer service.

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Keeping pace with the big guys

May 31, 1997 8:00 pm | by Michael Lafferty | Comments

Long ago (two, maybe three years ago) when the idea of high-speed cable modems really caught on in the cable industry, the idea that they could be the linchpin for an economically-viable datacom service in a 100-subscriber system (at least in this lifetime) was considered all but absurd. My, my, what a difference just a couple of years makes.

Necessity drives small ops to new technologies

May 31, 1997 8:00 pm | by Craig Kuhl | Comments

If necessity is indeed the mother of invention, then smaller cable operators are fast becoming Mom's favorite sons. Out of necessity, and in some cases just plain fear, smaller cable operators are becoming more innovative, and inventive, in their use of advancing technologies to further their businesses and to reach those elusive customers and the resultant revenues that in the past were out of...

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National data net could be key to new services

May 31, 1997 8:00 pm | by Fred Dawson | Comments

Advances in all facets of data-based communications are combining to create a huge advantage over traditional carriers for anyone in a position to build a nationwide network infrastructure, including the cable industry. This is the dawning realization that has brought cable MSOs together on a plan to cooperate in creating such an infrastructure and is the development that is central to GTE's re...

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The DTV process has begun — where are cable operators?

May 31, 1997 8:00 pm | by Andy Paff, President and CEO, Integration Technologies | Comments

The FCC has announced the conclusion of its fifth report and order regarding digital television (DTV). This exercise is intended to be the catalyst for broadcasters to enter the competitive digital world while maintaining "free" programming to the public. The Commission has effectively pushed many of the complicated technical and marketing issues back to the broadcasters.

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The DTV process has begun — where are cable operators?(2)

May 31, 1997 8:00 pm | by Andy Paff, President and CEO, Integration Technologies | Comments

The FCC has announced the conclusion of its fifth report and order regarding digital television (DTV). This exercise is intended to be the catalyst for broadcasters to enter the competitive digital world while maintaining "free" programming to the public. The Commission has effectively pushed many of the complicated technical and marketing issues back to the broadcasters.

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The DTV process has begun — where are cable operators?

May 31, 1997 8:00 pm | by Andy Paff, President and CEO, Integration Technologies | Comments

The FCC has announced the conclusion of its fifth report and order regarding digital television (DTV). This exercise is intended to be the catalyst for broadcasters to enter the competitive digital world while maintaining "free" programming to the public. The Commission has effectively pushed many of the complicated technical and marketing issues back to the broadcasters.

Whole-house service gets a face-lift

May 31, 1997 8:00 pm | by Roger Brown | Comments

As cable operators begin to grapple with competition from myriad sources, one thing has become abundantly clear: they have to effectively market their service. When cable was the only game in town, marketing took a back seat to network operation and maintenance; with deregulation came competition — and to stay one step ahead, cable systems have to tout their advantages and educate consumers.

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Next-generation FSS may prove formidable

April 30, 1997 8:00 pm | by Fred Dawson | Comments

Terrestrial network strategists researching the business prospects for evolving satellite capabilities can find reasons for both relief and concern, depending on how far out they look. For operators of wireline broadband networks, the good news is that, even if Rupert Murdoch's much discussed "Death Star" project clears its regulatory and business hurdles, it won't have the technical wherewitha...

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Backlash is music to an operator's ears

April 30, 1997 8:00 pm | by Roger Brown | Comments

Take a look at the nascent personal communications services industry. Remember how excited everyone got when this new service was proposed? It seemingly had something for everyone — smaller cellular telephones with longer battery life, digital modulation, and cheaper prices, to boot. Along with the service came the vision of one person/one phone number and a host of other intriguing possi...

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Cox steps up to the plate with telephony in California

April 30, 1997 8:00 pm | by Dave Woodrow, Cox Communications Senior Vice President, Broadband Services; and Guy Gill, Nortel Vice President/General Manager, Access Networks | Comments

In early 1996, with the ink still damp on the Telecommunications Act, Cox Communications was actively exploring the "hows" and "whens" of providing wired voice services to its cable TV customers. Its telephony initiative got a jump-start when Westwood Residential, a Dallas-based developer with southern California expansion plans, approached Cox's Orange County operations to find out just how ca...

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Ready to take off?

April 30, 1997 8:00 pm | by Compiled by CED Staff and Written by Michael Lafferty | Comments

Ah, the fickle finger of fate. During the last decade and a half in the cable industry, that finger has been pointing all over the map, and back again, a number of times. Remember the 500-channel universe? Interactive television? Digital television? High-definition television? How about cable telephony? According to some industry observers (both informed and uninformed), the fickle finger of fa...

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