A consultant recently told our team that the "Editor’s Letter" gets the most hits in an electronic version of a trade journal. Not sure that applies to us, I said under my breath. The popularity of our "Broadband" and "Telephony" columns is no secret. In conversation with some of the Comcast CommTech Cable Jeopardy finalists in Charleston, SC, for instance, I was pleased but not surprised to find several offering unsolicited praise for the clarity and effectiveness of what Ron Hranac writes. His review of DOCSIS 3.0 in this issue is yet another keeper, as is Jay Junkus’s examination of the T-1, "the granddad of digital multiplexing." There’s plenty else more useful here than this letter. This month’s lead story on cable’s converged IP/GigE/DWDM transport networks is another of those survey articles—like that done by Yvette Gordon in our January issue—that merits a long shelf life and plenty of "hits." Co-authors Chris Skarica and Joe Selvage neatly explain how these networks have arisen and where they’re headed. This issue also offers another take on switched broadcasting (aka switched digital video); it complements last month’s valuable if dense analysis of the components of an open SDV architecture. This tide is indeed rising, at least at the 10 Time Warner Cable divisions where SDV is scheduled to deploy this year. Finally, Tom Gorman inaugurates our "Tech Talk" department with practical tips on workforce management. His "sample tech productivity scorecard" is something else that warrants cutting and saving and, unless anyone out there has better ideas (if so, let us know!), even implementing. Jonathan Tombes Editor jtombes@accessintel.com

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