Northern VA CATV systems

RJ Atkinson rja at
Wed May 9 14:39:06 UTC 2001

At 07:43 09/05/01, Craig A. Haney wrote:

>Here is an article in a local publication about the local CATV service. The local county government is getting involved.

According to reporting by The Washington Post, the issue
is essentially outside the scope of the Fairfax County 
government.  While they took notes and listened to constituents,
like clever politicians, The Post reports no substantive action 
by the county against Cox/RR is being contemplated.

As others have noted, this CATV system is nearly all copper 
coax, with very little fibre (essentially no fibre in the
ground as of the date that Cox bought the system from MG).
MG was even using (unlicenced) microwave links to connect
several different parts of the county together, which caused
some rain fade on the CATV video service in bad weather.
Cox has announced an effort to convert the system from
a dual-330MHz all-copper system into a single-cable HFC
system over the next N years.


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