There are various claims to the first CATV system, but only one thing is for certain, it originated in the US and, according to one famous recollection, cable TV had its beginning in 1948 in Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania. Community antenna TV, as it was then called, was invented by John and Margaret Walson out of a necessity to bring TV to their clients. When they started selling TV sets in 1947 their Mahanoy City clients were reluctant to purchase because of reception issues. This particular region of Pennsylvania had difficulty picking up the stations in nearby Philadelphia due to the mountains that surrounded them. To solve this problem, Walson installed an antenna on a service pole that he placed on a local mountain top. It allowed him to show that the televisions could pick up good transmissions coming from some of the Philadelphia stations using modified signal boosters and cables to connect the antenna to his store. Therefore, in 1948, he charged a fee and connected the antenna to many of his clients homes as well, marking the beginning of the cable TV business. The early 50s saw further development of the cable system. By then, the FCC had released its suspension for a three year long freezing of new television station construction and had assigned a national television broadcasting plan, leading to the rather rapid development of new television stations. Department shops started to encourage TV viewing by displaying several different models for sale. Obviously, this meant that TV antennas had to also be sold. At that time, each home or apartment required its own antenna, creating a somewhat unsightly forest of antennas on the roofs of some apartment buildings. He did so using coaxial cable and signal boosters, enabling the cable to carry several signals at once. Figuring that, if it could work for apartments and department shops, it could work for an entire town as well and he set up the first cable TV system comparable to how we realize it today. Because of Mr Shapp's innovative new system, television spread like wild fire throughout the country, enabling remote and rural areas to receive a signal and by 1952, 70 cable systems served 14, 000 subscribers nationwide. But, of course, people wouldn' t remain content with allowing the cable system simply to be utilized as a way of providing better signal strength to rural areas.