Cable Telecommunications

Larry Collette, Ph.D.*

What began as a fairly complex enterprise built around delivering television signals to under-served households has become much more than simply a video service provider. Although in the minds of many cable subscribers that simple coaxial cable represents an indispensable link to a host of popular video entertainment, today’s cable telecommunications companies are much more. Many cable companies participate in services that reach well beyond their original industry boundaries into areas such as broadband data services and telephony. These companies, as part of a nearly $50 billion a year business, are continually upgrading their infrastructures, providing advanced services, and competing head-to-head ...

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