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millennium begin in 2000? Or is the real millennial year just beginning? Whatever your particular bent, this new year finds us smack dab in the middle of an exciting time in our industry -- a new begi...


January 1, 2001  


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millennium begin in 2000? Or is the real millennial year just beginning? Whatever your particular bent, this new year finds us smack dab in the middle of an exciting time in our industry — a new beginning of sorts — despite the actual year number.

And this excitement is almost palpable. For it can’t be a coincidence that lately I rarely conduct an interview, speak to a consultant or vendor, or attend an industry event and do not hear the words “next wave”, “new chapter”, “next big thing” or one of several other phrases that suggest something big is happening in our industry.

Everyone seems to agree that we are witnessing a truly momentous time — a time of great change — in the structured cabling and telecommunications arena. I’m sure those words would have a greater impact if we didn’t constantly hear similar sentiments echoed in a variety of other capacities. We hear daily about the dot.com “explosion” and the communications “revolution”. We read about industry shifts, paradigm shifts, mindset shifts. In fact, we hear so often about “the greatest thing since sliced bread” (or in our industry, since Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone) that it is hard not to be inured to it all.

But if you look beyond the hype, and try and ignore the various technology claims you are likely being bombarded with, you are still left with one fact: no matter how you slice it, we are all witnessing something remarkable.

We are fortunate at Cabling Systems to be able to report on, write about and try and make sense of these developments and changes on a daily basis. And this year we will be expanding our editorial coverage even further.

We are pleased to report that we will be adding a new column to the mix. The column, which will focus on the wonderful world of wireless technology, will debut in our February 2001 issue — an issue devoted entirely to the wireless arena. Our new column will keep you up to date on trends, directions and technologies — in short, everything you will need to know to stay well-informed on all things wireless.

Other plans for 2001 include a slate of new departments, which will be added to the magazine over the course of the year. These additions will aim to cover the Canadian cabling scene in more detail, as well as provide a look at the bigger picture across North American and international markets. And, as always, we will continue to bring you a variety of news, feature articles and opinion pieces to keep you on top of the industry.

Of course we are always looking for your input. So if you have a story idea, product or service that warrants attention, or an idea for the publication, we are all ears.

Happy New Year from Cabling Systems. We thank you for your support and your feedback in 2000 and hope we can count on you for more of the same in the year to come.


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