Coaxial Cable for Municipal Services

Author(s): E. A. Rollor ; August F. Bruns
Publisher: Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
Publication Date: 1 October 1970
Conference Location: New York, NY, USA
Conference Date: 5 October 1970
Page(s): 91 - 96
ISBN (Paper): 978-1-61482-903-4
DOI: 10.5594/M00701



Communications is becoming more and more important as a means to increase efficiency of municipal operations. The availability of a frequency band of a megahertz or so on a passive coaxial cable system can offer a city a sufficient number of communications channels to serve its foreseeable needs for many years in the future. A relatively small size cable without repeater amplifiers can provide an extremely reliable transmission system. The cost is not great considering the capacity and versatility provided. If the cable television operator installs this cable system to be used primarily for commercial purposes, he can allocate a portion of the spectrum to the city as a token of good will. A proposal to provide such a communication medium is a very attractive feature in any package offered to a city in solicitation of a cable television franchise. The applications of this transmission system from the viewpoint of a city government may be classified generally as emergency alarm signalling, voice communications, data communications and slow-scan television.