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Frankfort Plant Board Selects Evolution Low-Cost DTA's

By Evolution Staff | Wed, 12 Aug 2009

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (August 12, 2009) - Evolution Digital, LLC, a leading supplier of digital solutions for bandwidth reclamation and next generation advanced set-top boxes, has been selected to provide the Frankfort Plant Board (FPB), a municipal cable operator based in Frankfort, Kentucky, with digital to analog converters (DTAs).  The converters allow FPB to reclaim analog bandwidth to use to launch more HD channels and roll-out advanced services.

FPB ran a thorough analysis on three of their options for going all-digital, fiber overlay, switched digital and bandwidth reclamation through DTAs.  They concluded DTAs to be the most cost-effective and fastest to market. 

"We realized we were channel locked and running out of space on our 750 MHz system," explained John Higginbotham, FPB Cable/Telecom Superintendent. "We need to reclaim bandwidth in order to launch more HD to retain customers and continue to compete in the market.  Today there is no space for VOD roll-out or DOCSIS 3.0.  Over 70% of our subscribers have cable modems, and we can see the need for speed only increasing.  Evolution's DTA gives us the ability to reclaim between 280-300 MHz, allowing us the potential to launch up to 60 additional HD services."

FPB is launching Evolution's DTA with embedded Conax Content Security utilizing Evolution's FCC product waiver.  Through this product waiver, Evolution provides Frankfort an inexpensive alternative to both protect their content and uphold their programming contracts by deploying extremely low-cost DTA's including Conax's full encryption content security.

Frankfort Plant Board has over 17,000 subscribers and plans to begin their digital transition in October of this year.  FPB initially plans to deploy on a node by node basis.  "One of the added benefits of using the Evolution DTA is our 3-year product waiver from the FCC," explains Chris Egan, COO/Principal, Evolution. "This 3-year time period allows Frankfort to rollout at their own pace while paying attention to subscriber feedback through the installation process."

"Evolution has designed the DTA to be easily installed by end-users," says Egan. "Evolution's self-install kit allows operators to mail subscribers the DTA which includes the quick start guide, AV cables, IR extender, universal remote control and 3 ft jumpers.  There is absolutely no premise activation required, the subscribers can simply plug-in and have access to digital programming within minutes."

Frankfort Plant Board foresees launching Evolution DTA's as not only a customer retention project, but is also excited about the potential side benefits.  "The future cost-savings of non-pay remote disconnects through the reduction of truck rolls and the overall reduction of cable theft through digitizing our customer base made our decision to go with Evolution's DTA easy," explains Higginbotham.

About Frankfort Plant Board

Organized as Community Service Inc. in 1952, FPB Cable/Telecom now serves over 17,000 subscribers in Kentucky's capital city, Frankfort.   A full-service provider of cable TV, broadband, telephone, home security and dark fiber services, FPB also provides the citizens of Frankfort and Franklin County with low-cost electric and water services.

About Evolution

Evolution Digital, LLC, a division of Evolution Broadband, was formed to provide cost-effective solutions for small to medium size cable operators to stem the loss of subscribers to DBS and Telco competition. By using Evolution's low-cost DTA converter operators can reclaim analog bandwidth and use that additional bandwidth to enhance their HD and high-speed data offerings. Once momentum is regained, Evolution provides products to win back lost market share and prepare the market for next generation "Over-the-Top" content with ever increasing ARPU as TV and high speed data merge. Evolution is committed to open standards for both set-tops and conditional access providing operators with choice previously unavailable.

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