Rural areas are becoming the focus of increased attention as the cable industry searches for new areas of growth. In many cases, urban franchisers are being pressured to serve fringe areas and are looking to manufacturers to make the necessary technology available and affordable. While the high tech solutions to expansion continue, there is another avenue of simplicity and tighter economy emerging in system design known as TAPPED TRUNK, which we will explore further.
This presentation documents our experience in gaining an understanding of rural design problems, and addresses methods in which computers can aid in the design process. Software development is discussed in detail with an emphasis on overcoming the constraints imposed by the desire to create a useful software package which will run effectively on a personal computer.