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CABLEVISION SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETES FIRST-EVER VEHICULAR TRIALS OF DATA PCN; DATA IS ADDED TO ACHIEVEMENTS OF CABLEVISION'S FULLY MOBILE PCN

    LYNBROOK, N.Y., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Cablevision Systems Corporation (AMEX: CVC) today announced the successful completion of vehicular trials in which it transferred data at the company's PCN operation in Lynbrook.  Utilizing equipment supplied by Northern Telecom, Cablevision proved the feasibility and effectiveness of data transfer via PCN (Personal Communication Network).  The demonstration was the first of its kind by a company operating a cable-based PCN.
    In the trial, an Apple Powerbook laptop computer was used to download and transmit information from sources.  The data transfers were executed utilizing Cablevision's cable-based wireless communication system in Lynbrook.
    This trial is the latest in a series of industry-leading developments by Cablevision and follows previously announced achievements of the company's cable-based, low-cost architecture for obtaining full vehicular mobility for voice communications.  Today's trial adds data transfer to the capabilities of the system.
    "This is the latest real-life demonstration of a technology we are convinced is leading-edge for PCN/PCS," said Wilt Hildenbrand, vice president, technology.  "While PCN is most often compared to cellular telephones, these trials highlight the wider range of applications available.  They also point out Cablevision's position at the forefront of the industry."
    Cablevision's new PCN architecture, featuring a strand-mounted series of repeaters, eliminates voice and data quality problems, extends the transmission radius, supports vehicular mobility, operates at low power, and permits software hand-off at vehicular speeds.  the company's system in Lynbrook -- a fully mobile PCN network which operates parallel to the local exchange carrier -- is also cost-effective.  The company expects a fully operational system to cost approximately $50 per home passed for the radio portion of the network.
    "Cablevision is now poised to introduce innovative PCN/PCS technologies to the marketplace," said Hildenbrand.  "These trials show how far along the telecommunications industry is in meeting the rapidly growing demand for wireless communications, and Cablevision's position at the front of these emerging technologies."
    Cablevision Systems Corporation, the fourth largest cable operator in the country, owns and operates cable television systems in 19 states and, through subsidiaries, owns interests in companies which produce and distribute programming services and provide advertising sales service for the cable television industry.
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    CONTACT:  John Dolan, 516-496-1574, or Wilt Hildenbrand, 516-496-1225, both of Cablevision Systems Corporation
    (CVC) CO:  CABLEVISION SYSTEMS CORPORATION IN:  TLS ST:  NY


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