The cable television industry is just beginning the process of interconnecting disparate headends within a geographic region. The primary economic drivers relate to the existing core business and tend to be "broadcast" in technical configuration. This paper assumes that Synchronous Optical Network (SONET) standards are deployed as the transmission backbone network. The focus will be on the integration of likely new services into this digital platform. Three general areas will be addressed:
The regional network will provide the primary core for this examination, although some discussion of integration into the RF residential network will be discussed.