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Broadband Cable Access Networks by James Farmer, David Large

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Chapter 1. Linear Broadband Distribution Systems

1.1. Introduction

Cable television systems have moved far beyond simple delivery of television programming to include high-speed data services, voice telephony, networking, transactional delivery of digital video under the interactive control of customers, and targeted advertising delivery, to name a few. To manage this complex business, what was formerly known simply as the “headend” has also evolved into a hierarchy of national, regional, and local signal processing centers. Similarly, the subscriber's premise has evolved to often include local distribution networks that allow communication among devices as well as with the external network. In the near future, communications will be provided ...

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