The Inside Story About the Dawning of the Fiber Optic Era, from Pioneering Inventor Peter Schultz – Before 1972, the southern New York company Corning was known mainly for making TV picture tubes and for the iconic cookware bearing its name. But behind the scenes, the work of a small group of scientists was about to dramatically change the company’s legacy while
By Steven Harris – The focus of the rest of the article is how Ethernet is transforming the access network providing our cable subscribers connectivity via a passive optical network (PON) that uses IEEE Ethernet frames. PONs that use the Ethernet protocol are called Ethernet passive optical networks or EPONs.
By Brady S. Volpe – One billion dollars plus is spent yearly on residential unmanaged Wi-Fi accounts, according to CableLabs. You heard me right and I’m not quoting Austin Powers here. How is this possible? Okay, let’s review: Subscribers’ unmanaged Wi-Fi networks are causing a ton of customer service representative (CSR)
By Jeff Finkelstein – Cable technologies across a diverse range of business fields where technology plays a significant part. While I would not label it strictly a technology-based problem, it is the basis of how many companies enhance their product sets by using new and advanced technologies to drive improvements to customer experience
The American Cable Association held its 24th annual summit, themed “Navigating a Sea of Change,” in Washington, D.C., March 28th-30th of this year. The confab’s FCC Keynote featured Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, who was named to the post in January by President Donald Trump
By Tom Williams – One of the tough decisions facing line technicians is deciding if suspected line damage is severe enough to warrant taking cable service down to shoot the line with a time domain reflectometer (TDR). This decision is no longer necessary as it is now possible to measure a standing wave on a block of digital signals, and accurately range the distance to a fault on in-service plant using live digital traffic as test signals.
By David Ririe – You can have it good, fast, and/or cheap. Pick two.” Let’s talk about some of those challenges we face in testing our new platforms and devices and how we might launch them both the “right way” and at the “right time.
By Ron Hranac – The decibel plays a major role in the world of test and measurement. Simply put, the decibel — abbreviated dB — is used to express the ratio of two power levels. That’s it. The following is a more formal definition, included in two of SCTE’s operational practices
By By Stewart Schley -Their conclusion was two-fold. First, they recounted how there had never been so much choice available to everyday consumers. Grocery store shelves were lined with dozens of variations of jams, and that was just in the raspberry section.
…the question: “who lives, who dies, who tells your story?” How lucky am I to now serve as narrator and recount the stories of broadband cable’s founding fathers. I have told so many … twice as many as all the songs in Hamilton!
By H. Mark Bowers – In my last column we examined digital QAM testing requirements under present FCC Part 76 Rules and ANSI/SCTE 40 2003 Requirements. In this column we’ll begin an examination of scalar testing and why it’s important in the HFC network.
By Patrick Hunter — There are quite a few challenges to consider in this arena, maybe the toughest being the challenge of integrating networks which have overlapped Internet protocol (IP) address space. In order to maximize the efficiencies and economies of scale that are available with the integration of networks
By Mark Duzban – As for Dzubanium, it was “discovered” when my father was working on backpack communications for the space program. While experimenting with a new sheet metal alloy as a lightweight, conductive platform, he found that gravitational properties would change based on the “Hall Effect” testing they conducted for electrical conductivity and magnetic properties.
By The Phantom – So it is in cable TV, our beloved industry. I’d say that the third generation is hard at work now, building on the analog and basic digital transmission of the second generation, developed as I and my cohorts haunted the industry.
By Ray Thomas – take a look at ANSI/SCTE 158 2016 — Recommended Environmental Condition Ranges for Broadband Communications Equipment. If this standard was a bottle of wine, it would be described as “approachable.” ANSI/SCTE 158 2016 is free to download at scte.org.