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Correlation Groups and vTDR in Proactive Network Maintenance

By Sheenika Wilson | October 1st, 2014 |Categories: Ask an Expert, PNM, proactive network maintenance, correlation groups, ask a broadband expert, PreEqualization Analyzer, vTDR

As its name suggests, proactive network maintenance (PNM) allows cable operators to get ahead of the curve in being able to diagnose issues in the cable plant. When network impairments are concentrated in an area, it’s easier to locate the [...]

Finding Common Impairments with DOCSIS Proactive Network Maintenance

By Marsha Hemmerich | September 19th, 2014 |Categories: Ask an Expert, PNM, proactive network maintenance, correlation groups, ask a broadband expert, DOCSIS pre-equalization, PreEqualization Analyzer, technical paper

Proactive network maintenance (PNM) and DOCSIS pre-equalization are important tools to mitigate upstream impairments. When a CMTS has pre-equalization enabled, it can look at the quality of the signals being received from all of the cable [...]

TruVizion's Post-Install Report in Action

By Marsha Hemmerich | August 28th, 2014 |Categories: TruVizion, Videos

You got a new customer. That's always a good thing. Then you get that dreaded phone call a day or two later, or maybe it's a week or two later, saying "My Internet just isn't working right." TruVizion's Post-Install report lets you see how things [...]

Ask a Broadband Expert - DDoS Attacks

By Marsha Hemmerich | June 25th, 2014 |Categories: Ask an Expert, DDoS Attacks, ask a broadband expert, Distributed Denial of Service Attacks

Help I’m Under Attack! Unfortunately that plea is becoming more and more common these days. Here’s why, and some ways that the ISP community can help. All networks receive packets from other networks. Normally a packet will contain the IP address

Looking to Stop Online Complaining from Your Customers? Here’s How.

By Jason Young | June 5th, 2014 |Categories: Customer Service

If we all had perfect companies, we’d never hear of complaints, but in the broadband industry, of course no one’s perfect. We’ve all ran into customer service experiences that weren’t favorable that we had to work through. Remember before the [...]

Customer Service Tips: Taking Care of Your Customers The Right Way

By Fonya Frazier | March 14th, 2014 |Categories: Customer Service

Ever heard of the old saying, you don’t miss something until it’s gone? That should be the mantra when it comes to providing customer service to your broadband customers because you always want to keep them happy to ensure that they stay since [...]

Customer Service Tip: Owning Your Problem

By Jason Young | February 6th, 2014 |Categories: Customer Service, customer service, customer service tip

In the customer service world, fulfilling commitments are vital in showing customers you genuinely care. When a company advertises "the best in town" or "100% satisfaction guaranteed," that is what customers expect--no less. As broadband [...]

Ask a Broadband Expert - DOCSIS Pre-Equalization

By Marsha Hemmerich | January 30th, 2014 |Categories: Ask an Expert, DOCSIS, ask a broadband expert, interview, pre-equalization

DOCSIS pre-equalization is a subject that every cable provider should know more about. With a simple line of code on the CMTS, you can achieve an immediate and significant improvement in your upstream signal levels.

Ask a Broadband Expert - Customer Support

By Marsha Hemmerich | December 17th, 2013 |Categories: Ask an Expert, ask a broadband expert, interview, network virtualization

A veteran of technical support and customer service, Jason Young has been with ZCorum since 1999 and serves as Vice President of Support Services. In that role he manages ZCorum’s call centers, including a staff that supports data, voice and [...]

Ask a Broadband Expert - Rural Broadband Survival

By Marsha Hemmerich | October 3rd, 2013 |Categories: Ask an Expert, ask a broadband expert, interview, network virtualization

Nearly sixty-five percent of very rural residents who live outside of metropolitan areas, only have basic wired internet service and no access to the faster broadband that's needed in today's fast paced internet world. Overall, the country is [...]