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Wednesday, May 21, 2003


A few small-town cable operators do more than just skim the cash and stonewall new technology

A few small-town cable operators do more than just skim the cash and stonewall new technology

Here's a small cable system in rural Washington that's upgrading its' system and rolling out new services. If more operators did this, there wouldn't be the need for municipal overbuilds.

Rolling out new services means more than just running a few fiber trunk lines -- it means rebuilding most of the entire copper cable plant, too:
"Technician Eric Marvin has also been stringing new cable lines in town to replace much of the 20-year-old system that existed. 'Pretty much rebuilt the whole town with co-ax,' Cooke [a co-owner] said."


New entities such as municipalities starting from scratch (without a big pre-existing investment in copper coax cable) are now rolling out complete FTTH (fiber to the home) systems when they build cable TV systems so they don't have to keep fooling with their outside cable plant. They build it once and they're done, if they used fiber instead of coax.


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