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Evolution on evolution
By Brian Santos, CED Magazine | Fri, 3 Feb 2012
The digital terminal adapter is one-way device, a limitation that both justifies its existence and bars it from being a long-term solution. From its introduction, the DTA has been considered a dead end – a very, very useful device – but a dead end. Evolution Digital thinks maybe not.
Evolution Digital president Brent Smith and CEO Chris Egan are being circumspect about exactly how they expect to get around the injunction against two-way communications, but they believe it is possible.
The company has already demonstrated an ability to push boundaries on DTAs. The device owes its existence to the FCC which first granted a waiver of separable security rules for a version that is one-way and handles standard definition (SD) channels. The FCC subsequently extended the waiver to cover one-way units that transmit high definition (HD) channels.
The DTA is a simple and relatively inexpensive vehicle for reclaiming analog bandwidth. Once a cable operator distributes the devices system-wide, it can then stop sending analog signals and re-use the spectrum for other services. That can include just about any service a cable operator can concieve of when it comes to subscribers with two-way boxes, but it can mean only more channels for subscribers equipped with DTAs.
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