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Wireless Cable TV FAQ



Frequently Asked Questions about Wireless Cable TV. What it is, how it works, and what companies you should be aware of.

This FAQ about Wireless Cable TV was compiled and written by Brian J. Catlin catlin@CS.ColoState.EDU.

Copyright

This file is Copyright (C) 1993, 1994, 1995 by Brian J. Catlin. All rights reserved. Redistribution of this file in both electronic and printed form, is permitted provided that this file is distributed in its entirety, including this copyright notice. If you redistribute this file, please let me know so that I can keep track of where this file goes.

Sources

Most of this information is taken from FCC Public Notices along with information sent to me by both the FCC and the Wireless Cable Association (WCA). Other information has come from numerous newspapers, magazines, and from discussions with MMDS subscribers. Items marked with three plus signs (+++) have been added or changed since the last posting.

I would like to thank Alan Larson, Craig Strachman, David Newman, David Simmons, and JBlitzEsq for their numerous contributions and corrections.

Disclaimer

I have no affiliation with any type of cable or broadcast system. I am definitely not an expert in these areas. I have tried, to the best of my ability, to interpret and relay the most accurate and up to date information. However, I do not guarantee the accuracy of this information as some of my sources may be biased or incorrect.

For additions, clarifications, corrections, or if you just have some questions or comments, please feel free to e-mail me.

-1.0) ABBREVIATIONS USED:
ITFS - Instructional Television Fixed Service. Channels that ...
-2.0) WHAT IS WIRELESS CABLE?
Wireless cable is a name given to a service that is ...
-2.1) WHAT IS CELLULARVISION?
CellularVision/Suite12 is a company that has been granted ...
-3.0) WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF WIRELESS CABLE TO THE CUSTOMER?
Availability: Wireless Cable can be made available in areas ...
-3.1) HOW DOES IT WORK?
Scrambled satellite cable programming is received at a ...
-3.2) WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF MMDS?
It is a fairly new service that developed from MDS (multi-...
-3.3) HOW DOES MMDS WORK COMMERCIALLY?
A MMDS licensee, which is similar to a broadcast station owner,...
-4.0) WHAT FREQUENCIES ARE USED?
-4.1) HOW MANY CHANNELS CAN BE TRANSMITTED?
When fully implemented, wireless cable operations may have as ...
-4.2) WHAT CHANNELS CAN BE SENT?
Wireless cable systems can carry any of the typical ...
-5.0) WHAT IS THE RANGE OF WIRELESS CABLE?
Wireless cable systems optimally can get a range of up to 25-...
-5.1) DOES WEATHER AFFECT RECEPTION?
The answer to this question depends on the type of system used....
-6.0) WHAT EQUIPMENT IS IN THE SUBSCRIBER'S HOME?
Each household subscribing to the service has a small antenna ...
-6.1) IS WIRELESS CABLE EQUIPMENT RELIABLE?
Several excellent manufacturers produce antennas ...
-7.0) WHAT ABOUT COPYRIGHT ISSUES?
In the past, wireless cable systems have assumed that they may ...
-8.0) WHAT ABOUT SECURITY?
In systems that use scrambling, signal security is provided ...
-9.0) HOW ARE WIRELESS CABLE SYSTEMS REGULATED?
The FCC has specifically preempted local regulation of ...
-10.0) I SAW ONE OF THOSE 'INFOMERCIALS' ABOUT WIRELESS CABLE. ARE THESE COMPANIES LEGIT?
While some companies may be legit, there are some things that ...
-11.0) IS THERE AN INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION?
Wireless cable operators, license holders, and equipment/...
-11.1) WHO DO I CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION?
-11.2) ARE THERE ANY FTP OR GOPHER SITES AVAILABLE FOR MORE INFORMATION?
The FCC is currently setting up a site (ftp.fcc.gov) for ...
-11.3) +++WIRELESS CABLE PEOPLE ON THE NET.
Here is a list of people or companies that are involved in ...
-12.0) WHERE CAN I GET THE LATEST COPY OF THIS FAQ?
The latest copy of this FAQ can be found via anonymous FTP ...









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