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Document Details


Title: Archer S. Taylor
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: Cable Center. Barco Library. Special Collections
Collection: Cable Center Oral History Collection
Description: Archer Taylor built one of the first cable systems in the state of Montana and served as chief engineer for that system and several others he constructed in the west in the 1950s. As a cable operator he was closely involved with the hardware suppliers and was involved with many of the technological breakthroughs that took place in the 1950s and 1960s that enabled cable systems to offer better and more reliable service. He was also active in the National Cable Television Association (NCTA) and took part in the debate over cable regulation legislation in 1960. His oral history includes an eyewitness account of the debate that took place on the floor of the Senate over that legislation, which was defeated by a single vote. Taylor also played a central role in the early efforts by cable operators and engineers to develop standards for cable system equipment that would ensure greater reliability and interoperability of systems. He served as an ambassador from the cable industry to other segments of the electronics industry, seeking to ensure greater cooperation among them to better serve the customer. In the early 1960s Taylor joined with Pennsylvania cable operator Martin Malarkey to form Malarkey Taylor Associates, which was the leading consulting company helping cable companies in areas ranging from franchising to system design and construction, finance, marketing and operations. The two served as consultants to many of the largest and most important cable companies during the following three decades.
URL: http://www.cablecenter.org/education/library/oralHistoryDetails.cfm?id=266
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1987 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Taylor, Archer S.
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker race: White
Speaker occupation: Lawyer
Document location: Washington, DC
Document date: 29-Jul-1987
Interviewer: Paglin, Max D.
Locations discussed: North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Broadcasting; Cable television--United States; North America; Oral history; Public broadcasting; Television; Television programs; United States
Topics discussed - Other terms: Cable administrators
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0022860-24278