This year, 2018, marked Cabling Installation & Maintenance’s 25th anniversary in publication. Debuting in springtime 1993, the magazine jumped into an active and growing marketplace, where Category 3 cable was a mainstay and cabling-system installations were driven by the need to deliver multiple-megabit-per-second speeds to workers’ desktops.
Since then we have been along for the ride as the cabling industry has grown and recessed, more than once. Even in times of recession, technological development has forged ahead to make communicating easier and more efficient. It’s my sincere hope that as we’ve been part of this ride, Cabling Installation & Maintenance has been a useful and beneficial element in the endeavors of professionals in the cabling trade.
Fittingly, thanks to technological advancement, the ways in which we deliver information to you has changed over the years. When I joined the magazine staff in 1997, we produced a multi-page, paper newsletter twice per month and sent it to subscribers via postal mail. We prided ourselves on keeping subscribers up to date on industry happenings by producing the newsletter so frequently. Today, as many of you know firsthand, we deliver industry news via email multiple times per week. (About that … to some of you, I’ll say, “You’re welcome for the frequent updates,” and to others, “Sorry for clogging up your in-box like that. But please open the message. There’s good stuff in there. Really.”)
Tongue-in-cheek or not, the reality is your efforts and competent work have enabled not just our newsletters, but information of all kinds to be shared quickly and widely. In the 1990s the term “information superhighway” was in vogue, and with good reason. When politicians talk about “infrastructure projects,” they commonly refer to roads, bridges, and highways. You have built the critical infrastructure that is the information superhighway, and you continue to modify and improve it as necessary so it continues to meet the needs of information flow around the world.
We at Cabling Installation & Maintenance are grateful to have been a part of your working world for however long you have chosen to have us. We look forward to continuing to provide information that you can use and put into practice in your daily work. We make that commitment to you because in the time since we launched in 1993, the speed with which information is transmitted has continuously increased. It hasn’t slowed down. And we don’t plan to either.