1.1 General Standards and other deliverables of the EN 50083 and EN 60728 series deal with cable networks including equipment and associated methods of measurement for headend reception, processing and distribution of television and sound signals and for processing, interfacing and transmitting all kinds of data signals for interactive services using all applicable transmission media. These signals are typically transmitted in networks by frequency-multiplexing techniques. This includes for instance regional and local broadband cable networks, extended satellite and terrestrial television distribution networks and systems individual satellite and terrestrial television receiving systems, and all kinds of equipment, systems and installations used in such cable networks, distribution and receiving systems. The extent of this standardization work is from the antennas and/or special signal source inputs to the headend or other interface points to the network up to the terminal input of the customer premises equipment. The standardization work will consider coexistence with users of the RF spectrum in wired and wireless transmission systems. The standardization of any user terminals (i.e. tuners, receivers, decoders, multimedia terminals etc.) as well as of any coaxial, balanced and optical cables and accessories thereof is excluded. 1.2 Specific scope of this Technical Report This document is intended to provide guidance to network designers on the issues which should be addressed, when considering the design of return paths for regional or local broadband networks. Items such as return path architecture & design, channel performance, channel planning & sources of interference, measurements, segmentation & re-segmentation, in home networks, distortion and commissioning are included. This document is not intended as a design reference but provides details which need to be addressed on individual issues relating to the design of the return path for a regional or local broadband network.