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.
Starting in the summer of 1995, a small group undertook an audacious goal: design a best-of-breed cable modem that would make the Internet fast. 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.
The Cable Center is proud of our Virtual Reality Archives Exhibit started in early 2013 and completed in 2016. Website visitors can download the project, “step into” The Cable Center's building and manipulate cable related artifacts in our virtual archives.
40 items that tell the story of the innovative technological contributions of the cable industry, viewable in virtual reality with an HTC Vive headset, or in 2D, from the website. The goal is to provide immersion and presence, making our collection accessible to a global audience.
We are equally excited about our free download of the project on Steam, the largest virtual reality store. The Center started experimenting with virtual reality with the goal of capturing objects to share in exhibits and videos. Years later, we have elevated our work to a whole new level. Website visitors can now download the project, “step into” The Cable Center's building and manipulate cable related artifacts in our virtual archives. You can experience watching our Oral History videos in the virtual John Malone Theater on the big screen. Or, be enveloped in a video in our 360 video theater. A downloadable version is available now for those with an HTC Vive headset, as well as a basic version in 2D for Windows desktop. A simplified WebXR (new WebVR Standard built right in a standard webpage) version is in our plans for 2020 (see experiments here. Use WASD keys to move around.
If you'd also like to see our online Virtual Reality Equipment Archives click here.
- Steve Luiting
- Gregg Hardie
- Nic van Dessel
- Kevin Keables
- Luke Woodruff
- Brian Kenny
- Diane Christman
- Emily Gibson