By Jeff Brown, editor, The Near Future Report
If you take Route 309 North from Allentown, Pennsylvania for an hour and 15 minutes, you’ll eventually run into Mahanoy City.
It’s a small town—so small that you could stroll right down the 20 blocks or so that compose Centre Street in about 15 minutes if you took your time.
As such, it seems like an unusual place to be the birth of an $81 billion industry.
Yet, in fact, it was.
In 1948, a local entrepreneur set out to solve an important problem. Broadcast television signal reception was poor for the folks in Mahanoy City due to the surrounding mountains. The solution was to take those television signals from the top of a mountain and then distribute them over a new kind of network.