Jerrold Electronics

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Jerrold Electronics
Manufacturing
Founded 1950
Products Cable television equipment

Jerrold Electronics was a provider of cable television equipment, including subscriber converter boxes, distribution network equipment (amplifiers, multitap outlets), and headend equipment in the United States.

History[edit]

The company was founded by Milton Jerrold Shapp in 1950. The company was one of the earliest pioneers of community antenna television systems (cable television). The company headquarters was located at 401 Walnut Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Shapp sold the company to General Instrument in 1967. However, the Jerrold brand name continued to be used on equipment into the 1990s.

In the late 1990s, the Jerrold name went out of use, and General Instrument merged with Motorola becoming the Motorola Connected Home Solutions division. Motorola Connected Home Solutions was acquired by ARRIS in 2012. The equipment was popular with many cable pirates by then[citation needed] and by 2005, most cable companies have discontinued use of Jerrold equipment in favor of digital cable.

There are a number of sources available covering the history of Jerrold and the cable industry as a whole.

References[edit]

  • Parsons, P. Blue Skies: A History of Cable Television Temple University Press, 2008
Extensive history
  • Stubbs, G. From workhorse to icon. The 704 Jerrold Field Strength Meter CED Magazine, November/December 2004, p. 42
History of one notable instrument
  • Taylor, A.S. History Between Their Ears: Recollections of Pioneer CATV Engineers The Cable Center, 2000
Histories of key engineering staff involved

External links[edit]

Extensive treatment, but some updating is needed
  • [1] NCTA (National Cable & Telecommunications Association) History of Cable Television. Washington, DC 2001
Brief narrative history
  • [2] United States: Cable Television The Museum of Broadcast Communications 2001
Extensive, well documented
Extensive treatment, but some updating is needed
Brief history of key Jerrold engineer.
  • [3] Young, C. RFMD. CATV Hybrid Amplifier Modules: Past, resent, Future’’ (RFMD Greensboro 2000)
History of CATV amplifier development