Would You Like Fries With That?

By Jeff Finkelstein – Like many of my and later generations, I spent time working in a fast food restaurant as a way to make money while in college. Having gone to college at 16 years old my work choices were limited by: the distance to where my dorm was located as I did not have a car and took public transit; flexible hours to let me work at different times

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Full Duplex DOCSIS

By Brady S. Volpe – What is FDX DOCSIS? FDX supports the potential to scale to symmetrical throughput, whether one uses R-PHY or R-MAC/PHY. So let’s explore how FDX DOCSIS works and the benefits it has to offer. FDX DOCSIS is an extension to the DOCSIS 3.1 specification and is included as Annex F in the DOCSIS 3.1 PHY specification

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To Boldly Go Where Cable Has Not Gone Before – Virtual CMTS/CCAP

By Brady S. Volpe – I will cover the concept of virtual CMTS/CCAP, how it pertains to DOCSIS and why this is a disruptive technology in our industry. My name is not Morpheus and I’m not asking you to choose between a blue or red pill here, but let me start off by saying I started out as a hardware guy in the business

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Art and Innovation

By Jeff Finkelstein – In my last article, I discussed briefly the concept of corporate anti-bodies that try to shut down attempts to advance technology which may solve problems that do not exist yet. If we relied solely on those individuals to make the decisions, it is unlikely things would have moved at the incredible rate of change we have seen in many industries, including ours

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Yeah Baby — Unmanaged DOCSIS Wi-Fi

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)

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It’s all about Spectrum

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

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SOS… Getting Help with the “Shiny Object Syndrome”

By Jeff Finkelstein – Cable technologies move fast, in many cases faster than other parallel service provider industries. From the start of cable technology deployments, we have seen incredible transformations in how we deliver services to our customers. Beginning with the days of forward only outside plant

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DOCSIS 3.1 Beating Expectations, Working and Ready for Service Now

By Brady Volpe – Some operators are saying that the performance of DOCSIS 3.1 is proving to be better than they had expected. Those who are deploying DOCSIS 3.1 in production systems are happy to see that these modulations are not only working, but actually working in areas where they did not expect such high performance.

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