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How ATX is Helping Build a Broadband Cathedral

By Joe McGarvey, Senior Director, Marketing | You don’t need to be an art historian to know that Europe is dotted with dozens of soaring stone cathedrals that date back to the 12th century. From an architecture-appreciation standpoint, it’s nearly impossible to stand before one of these majestic structures and not be awed by the [...]

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Top Five Takeaways from Cable-Tec Expo 2022

By Joe McGarvey, Senior Director, Marketing | In addition to regrets over consuming the second half of that jumbo cheesesteak, the safe bet is that the majority of Cable-Tec Expo attendees left Philadelphia last week with a sense of excitement and opportunity about the continued broadband dominance of cable operators well into the future. Feel [...]

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Will the HFC Network ever Get to 3GHz?

By Joe McGarvey, Senior Director, Marketing | Cable companies knew what they were doing more than a half century ago when they selected coaxial cable as their preferred medium. Estimates vary, but most cable technology experts calculate that modern coax cable is capable of supporting frequencies topping off between 6–10GHz, meaning that MSOs could theoretically [...]

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Ode to a Very Fast HFC Network

By Joe McGarvey, Senior Director, Marketing | The American poet T.S. Eliot famously wrote “I have measured out my life in coffee spoons.” Cable industry veterans may have been thinking something similar, with megabits substituting for spoons, when witnessing the April 27th demonstration of a prototype DOCSIS® 4.0 FDD network at this Spring’s 10G Showcase [...]

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MSOs: Don’t get Knocked Off Course by the ‘Fiber Frenzy’

By Jay Lee, ATX Chief Technology Officer and Joe McGarvey, Senior Director, Marketing | Fiber, let’s face it, is on a roll. In the past year or so, the future prospects of broadband service providers building out FTTH networks have brightened. A windfall of public funding dedicated to closing the so-called Digital Divide appears disproportionately [...]

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Debunking the Fiber is Faster than Coax Myth

By Joe McGarvey, Marketing Director | When it comes to the evolutionary path of the HFC network, all roads lead to fiber, a broadband transmission medium offering almost limitless bandwidth. That’s the reason cable operators routinely — and almost exclusively — pull PON technology out of their toolboxes when it comes to greenfield buildouts. Fiber, [...]

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ATX Reveals Findings of 2nd Annual HFC Evolution Survey

By Joe McGarvey, Senior Director, Marketing | The instillation of the first fiber nodes in the cable access plant in the early 1990s gave birth to the Hybrid Fiber-Coax network. What seemed like an inauspicious event at the time, turned out to be the launch date of the world’s most robust and resilient delivery system [...]

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Are Cable Operators Ready for the Metaverse?

By Joe McGarvey, Senior Director, Marketing | The metaverse is nothing new to science-fiction fans, legions of whom became familiar with the term after its appearance in 1992’s bestselling Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. For the rest of us, the metaverse is a relatively new phenomenon, thrust into the public spotlight most recently and forcefully [...]

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Why the Value of CableLabs’ 10G Challenge Far Exceeds $300K

By Joe McGarvey, Senior Director, Marketing | Bravo to CableLabs for incenting a new wave of next-generation applications aimed at improving the way we live, work, learn and play. The organization’s recently launched 10G Challenge will award a total of $300,000 to innovators developing services, applications or technologies that will leverage the increased speed and [...]

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Veteran MSO Engineer offers Insights on Navigating the Journey to DOCSIS 4.0

By Joe McGarvey, Senior Director, Marketing | “There’s still a long way to go but it’s a relatively straight-forward chain of events that we’ve been through many times,” said Tee Harton, Senior Director of OSP Engineering at Cox Communications, describing the industry’s eventual adoption of the extended spectrum version of DOCSIS 4.0 at this month’s [...]

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