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to individual customer locations must be sized for the peak requirements of the most demanding application, even though that capacity is unused most of the time, and its cost must be borne by that individual customer.

Although these facilities cannot be shared by multiple customers, they can be shared among multiple services to the individual customer. Ameritech has committed to providing broadband access in its region, utilizing a hybrid optical fiber and coaxial cable architecture, supporting a wide range of applications. These include video services similar to current cable television, expanded digital multicast services, and interactive multimedia services, as well as high speed data services. By providing a platform for a wide range of services, a cost-effective solution is achieved.

Ameritech plans to begin construction in 1995, ramping up to a rate of 1 million lines per year by year end and continuing at that rate to deploy 6 million lines throughout the region by the end of the decade. The FCC has granted approval for construction of the first 1.256 million lines, in the Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Indianapolis, and Milwaukee metropolitan areas.

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