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Cable Television and the Future of Broadcasting by Ralph Negrine

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Chapter FiveCable Television in France

Claude-Jean Bertrand

France in 1984 had practically no cable television and, at the same time, the most ambitious and audacious cabling programme in the world. Half the French homes were to be cabled by the year 2000 at a cost of 50 million F ($ 6 billion). The decisions made by the Mitterand administration between 1982 and 1984 had started a revolution in audio-visual communication. The goal was not merely to open new channels for the distribution of conventional television: it was to build an integrated network of switched-star optical fibre cable interactive systems carrying sound, pictures, text and data. The project was part of the social-democratic government's policy of modernising and decentralising ...

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