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A compilation of ten papers on the development of broadband cable communications in the Dayton area, concerned primarily with the economics, technology, franchising, and ownership of cable systems, as well as the range of community services they might provide. Ten-year financial projections show that an interconnected network of six cable systems covering 13 incorporated cities in the Dayton, Ohio, metropolitan area should be economically viable. The system’s economic prospects would be enhanced if the surrounding unincorporated areas were included to exploit further economies of scale. The postulated system would have a ten-year, nonexclusive franchise and a dual cable plant providing about 40 video channels from the headend to subscriber locations, plus a substantial capacity in the reverse direction equivalent to two or three video channels to permit program origination in remote locations, facsimile mail, information storage and retrieval, viewer interrogation and response, applications at all educational levels, and other services.

Table of Contents

  • Part 1

  • Contents

  • Preface

  • Introduction and Summary

  • Chapter One

    System Designs for the Dayton Metropolitan Area

    Nathaniel E. Feldman

  • Part 2

  • Chapter Two

    Financial Projections for the Dayton Metropolitan Area

    Walter S. Baer and Rolla Edward Park

  • Part 3

  • Chapter Three

    Coverage of the Five-County Miami Valley Region

    Nathaniel E. Feldman

  • Chapter Four

    Cable Systems and the Social Geography Of Dayton

    Robert K. Yin

  • Part 4

  • Chapter Five

    Cable Television and Public Interest Progra

    Robert K. Yin

  • Chapter Six

    Television and the Dayton-Area Resident: The Results of a Public Opinion Survey

    Robert K. Yin

  • Chapter Seven

    The Potential Uses of Cable in Education and Training

    Rudy Bretz

  • Part 5

  • Chapter Eight

    The Application of Cable to Continuing Medical Education

    Rudy Bretz

  • Chapter Nine

    Issues of Franchising

    Leland L. Johnson

  • Chapter Ten

    Ownership Alternatives

    Walter S. Baer and Donald H. Camph

  • Appendix A

    Report of the Elementary and Secondary Education Committee of the Study of Dayton-Area Cable T.V.

  • Appendix B

    Report of Citizens' Advisory Committee on Religion, Study of Dayton-Area Cable T.V.

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