Interested in how cable grew from mom-and-pop businesses to a multi-billion dollar industry? Our online exhibits feature information on the people, places and events that made it happen.
Cable Connects Us
The cable industry is a significant contributor to the U.S. economy, accounting for two million jobs (directly and indirectly), and when coupled with Telecom, is the second largest investor in the growth of the U.S. economy.
Cable Connects Us tells the story behind these and other numbers, bringing to life a vivid illustration of what the industry looks like today.
The Cable History Timeline Narrative
The Cable History Timeline Narrative is a comprehensive compilation of seminal milestones throughout the cable industry’s evolutionary and revolutionary three generations of dynamic technological innovation, creative free-enterprise and landmark legislation. The journey begins in the 1940s with the spontaneous birth of CATV throughout the rural areas of the United States in response to limited or no television signals. As you progress through the timeline decade after decade, a marvelous story unfolds as the modern cable industry emerges and evolves into the global telecommunications titan we know today.
Cable Today and Tomorrow Timeline Exhibit:
Media's Impact on Society and Culture
Our world, society and culture have changed exponentially in the last 65 years. A credible argument can be waged that cable—and media as a whole—has in fact, changed our world. In many cases, cable has been at the center of the changes, either as the catalyst itself or serving as the primary medium for reporting change. Cable’s impact on culture cannot be denied.
Development of DOCSIS: A History of the Modem
Starting in the summer of 1995, a small group undertook an audacious goal: design a best-of-breed cable modem that would do away with dial-up Internet speeds.
In an era of slow, dial-up connections and elongated page load times, these individuals set out to bridge the divided worlds of cable telecommunications and digital networking in a way that could scale to reach millions of users – and effectively spark a revolution in “broadband” communications.
Enjoy a visual illustration of the Three Generations of Cable. Using photographs from our collection in the Barco Library, the slideshow is set to music with brief captions and narration. You will get a better sense of cable's history; how the industry evolved from Mom and Pop start-ups, to the early Mavericks who grew and enhanced the cable industry.Interested in technology and gadgets? You will enjoy photos depicting early equipment and state-of-the-art technology.