Category: Telecom Terms, Business Tips and Industry Tidbits

Dark Fiber

While it may sound ominous, it’s not. Dark Fiber is simply fiber optics that, while installed (either underground or aerially), isn’t currently connected to electronics, such as transmitters, amplifiers, and receivers. In other words, it’s […]

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The Cable Act of 1984

Approximately 35 years ago, Congress passed the Cable Act of 1984, which deregulated the cable TV industry and promoted competition. In addition, it left the FCC with basically no jurisdiction over the industry, which is […]

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Broadband

While you’ve heard the term for years and simply assumed that it means higher, faster speeds, you’re correct. However, its definition, which is based on speed, has changed over the years. Originally, it was considered […]

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Twisted pair

Twisted pair simply refers to the 2 copper wires that are twisted together to provide voice and data communications. They’re twisted to minimize crosstalk or electromagnetic radiation. Twisted pair has been around a while—it was invented […]

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Packet-Switching

Packet-Switching is digital transmission that can handle both voice and data. Here’s all you really need to know—in packet switching, the voice and data transmissions are broken up into packets, then reassembled by hardware prior to […]

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