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Monday, June 23, 2003


Arris sells HFC gear to two Kentucky municipal utilities

Arris sell HFC gear to Kentucky municipal utilities

Cable TV equipment vendor is supplying VOIP (voice over IP) gear to two Kentucky municipal utilities (Frankfort and Murray) that have deployed hybrid fiber coaxial (HFC) cable TV networks.

Contrary to one of the quotes in Arris' press release, it's now cheaper for power utilities to run fiber rather than coax to every home. This is because, unlike metallic coax cable, they can safely install all-dielectric fiber cable in the "supply" region next to their conductors; when they do this, they avoid spending thousands of dollars per mile in "make-ready" costs replacing poles and creating room for still another cable in the "communications" region of the pole next to existing cable TV and telephone cables.


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