General Help and Information

About CABL ®

The Cable Addict's Broadband Lounge (CABL®) is an online community dedicated to the Broadband Telecommunications industry, including Cable TV, Dish/Satellite, Telecom, and related wired and wireless technologies. Tens of thousands of broadband telecom personnel rely on CABL for its employment listings, online forums, and other services. is the oldest and most visited online forum dedicated to the industry, in continued operation since its founding in 1996.

The CABL web site is operated by DBMV Solutions, an indepenent, privately owned small business entity committed to providing information technology products & services to the general broadband utility industry. DBMV's owner and sole proprietor, Rick Goldeck, created in 1996 and has been its adminstrator ever since. "CABL" is a registered trademark of Rick Goldeck, dba DBMV Solutions.

Please review the following policies before using this service.


This site has been designed to take advantage of features found only in more recent browser releases. An up-to-date version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, or one of the many offshoots based on these browsers, is recommended.

Browser session cookies must be enabled in order to maintain logged-in status. Session cookies are small bits of data held only during the visit of the site. They are destroyed when the browser window is closed. If session cookies are disabled, only the guest level features of the site will be accessible. Persistent cookies (small bits of data stored on your PC between visits) are only required for automatic logon and may be disabled if this feature will not be used.

JavaScript must be enabled for most areas of the site to function properly.

Several format options are available for users of netbooks, tablets, and mobile devices having varying screen sizes and capabilities. Locate the Select Format link at the bottom of most pages.

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E-mail Addresses

E-mail is an important means of both professional and personal communication. CABL makes every effort to protect e-mail addresses used on this site so members can feel comfortable using their normal address without fear of being added to unwanted mailing lists. If any member suspects that his or her address has been abused, please report it as soon as possible.

Whenever an e-mail address appears in an advertisement or member information such as an account profile, it is hidden from direct view to all but Privileged accounts. When a Privileged member views an e-mail address this action is written to a log. In the event a complaint arises or abuse is found, the log can be checked to find the violator.

In lieu of the actual e-mail address, non-Privileged (anonymous/free) accounts are instead provided a form which will mail their message indirectly through the CABL server. The account's registered e-mail address is included in the Reply To: field of the message header so that a reply by the recipient will be directed back to the sender and not the CABL server. It is important that members ensure the validity of their e-mail address prior to using this feature. This service is provided only to initiate contact and should not become a primary means of communication between parties.

Unregistered users must register to gain access to e-mail.

Addresses are transmitted unchanged through Private messages to all accounts. Members should not attempt to circumvent address protection in the public areas as this makes it impossible to prevent or track potential abuse.

Private Messages

Every registered member is given a private mailbox. Private messages are created in a manner similar to their public counterparts, using a similar version of the regular posting form. Select the Private Messages section in the Site Menu to access the private messaging for your account.

After logon, the private message icon will flash yellow if the account's Inbox contains unread messages. Clicking the icon will take you directly to your Inbox.

Once a private message has been deleted, it is gone forever and cannot be retrieved. Take care to prevent unintended erasures and print or copy important messages to your own PC for permanent archival. Messages that remain in the Inbox or Outbox over one year may be purged to conserve space and improve performance. A separate Saved section is provided to store important sent or received messages where they will not be subject to periodic removal.

A member may block another member from sending private messages to their account via the Ignore User button in their account profile. To block all private messages, designate this choice on the account options page.

There is no limit to the number of private messages a member may send or receive, however, adherence to the Terms of Use is always required. PRIVATE MESSAGES MAY NOT BE USED TO SEND UNSOLICITED ADVERTISEMENTS. ANY SUCH USAGE WILL BE CAUSE FOR PERMANENT SUSPENSION OF MEMBERSHIP PRIVILEGES.


Each member is assigned a 'moniker' based on length of membership. The moniker is displayed in the member's public profile. The standard monikers:

CABL AddictFirst 1,000 members
Old SchoolMembers 1,001 - 10,000
CABL VeteranMembers 10,001 - 30,000
JourneymanMembers 30,001 - 60,000
MemberMembers 60,001 - current
ApprenticeMember for less than 90 days
NewbieMember for less than 30 days

Privileged members can override the default moniker with a custom one of their choosing. This is accomplished by adding the new moniker in the account profile form.

IP Addresses

The software records the IP address for every public message posted. The IP (Internet Protocol) address is a set of numbers (ex: that is unique for every connection to the Internet. The IP address can sometimes be used to determine the identity of an Internet user. CABL does not allow generall access to IP addresses, but may make this information available as deemed necessary.

IP numbers can be helpful in determining when someone has created a shill account for deceptive purposes. For instance, an unscrupulous person might use different accounts to post messages, making it appear several people share the same opinion or support one individual. If the IP addresses for all of the messages are the same or very similar, it is possible they were all posted by the same person. Note that some companies may use a shared proxy for the Internet, in which case all users at that location will have the same IP address so this is not always accurate.

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CABL runs on software that has been developed and continually enhanced solely for The only prepackaged parts used (and the only parts that are available to others desiring similar function in their own site) are listed here. The development platform is Microsoft Visual Studio and ASP.NET with AJAX extensions, and JQuery framework.

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