Déjà vu

By Jerry Lundwall — Over the past two decades, Broadband Library has told countless stories of the people who have and continue to make this amazing industry what it is. Cathy’s mantra, “We tell the story,” was more than a slogan. Cathy made sure of it in every issue on the pages of her creation, as told through industry titans, technologists, innovators, pioneers and business leaders.

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Grasping the Theory of Fiber Optics

By Steven Harris — The transport medium of choice for these future cable access networks and next generation services will be fiber optic cabling. As I shared in my previous articles, operators are focused on improving the quality of the network and transforming them with new fiber deep, FTTx, and distributed access architecture.

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Signal Leakage Patrolling at 700 MHz (PART ONE)

By H. Mark Bowers – Newer leakage detection systems are now available that measure at dual frequencies. While {the} present FCC required leakage detection frequency range remains in the 108 MHz to 137 MHz aeronautical band, measurements at higher frequencies can be revealing and may eventually be required

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Will Smart Robots Automate OSP Maintenance?

By Ray Thomas – The time has come for the use of robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) to maintain the outside coaxial cable network. Robotics technology has developed well beyond what would be required for a product that is specialized for cable outside plant (OSP) maintenance. Artificial intelligence is also well advanced and capable of guiding an autonomous robotic unit, which we shall refer to as the “OSP-bot.”

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Networking 101 (Part Two)

By Patrick Hunter — From the perspective of the customer’s Internet service, the cable modem doesn’t have an IP address and does not route IP packets. But we do know that the cable modem has a NIC to which the customer’s computer is connected. So, if it has a NIC, then it has a MAC address as well! But remember, when we discussed the fact that the customer’s computer would have the MAC address of the default gateway as the destination MAC address

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