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Dec. 2, 2018 1 min

Nothing brings a community together like the collective glow of its televisions. In the spring of 1948, American John Walson installed community antenna television, bringing the wonders of cable television to his customers. Walson and his wife Margaret, owners of the Service Electric Company of Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania, came up with cable television as a way to help their customers pick up signals blocked by nearby mountains. Walson decided to take his service literally to new heights by climbing to the top of a mountain and planting an antenna. By means of using cables and signal boosters, he connected the antenna to his appliance store. Along the way he dropped the signal directly off at his customers' homes, thus creating the first community antenna television system. Community antenna television, now known as cable TV, is found in nearly 60 per cent of US homes and throughout Europe.

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