A complex nest of cabling, unmarked and undocumented, is the stuff of nightmares for broadcast engineers. Structured cabling design and installation, using standard cabling that can be configured to meet changing requirements, has been adopted in broadcast as it has in Information Communications Technology to avoid these problems. Bates Connect is called upon to advise clients on the best approach to satisfy current and future needs. Structured cabling has important benefits when installed in a new broadcast facility. It can be installed as part of the building contract rather than by broadcast specialists, and the same type of cable flood-wired throughout a building can carry different signal types for IT, phone, broadcast etc. This all keeps costs down.