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ERIC Number: ED063762
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-May-15
Pages: 7
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What Belongs On the Cable.
Ward, John E.
Many papers and articles over the past few years have suggested that the coaxial cable television (CATV) cable carries sufficient bandwidth into and out of the home that it can serve almost every conceivable communications need--providing many television viewing channels; two-way data, audio and data services; the functions of the present telephone system; data and facsimile services for business; educational services; and municipal communication services. However, while these capabilities are or perhaps will soon be technologically feasible, the cost of implementing these services may be prohibitive. The main question to consider in relation to cable's unique and practical capabilities is the sorts of services that can be made to pay for themselves, given the high costs of the necessary terminal equipment for home and possible business use. Some factors which must be taken account of in approaching this problem are the potential "critical mass" problems of two-way hookups, the possibility that subscribers will not use services offered, and our lack of experience for determining how best some of the services can be provided. (Author/SH)
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Authoring Institution: Massachusetts Inst. of Tech., Cambridge. Electronic Systems Lab.