See also: Reverse Link, Back Channel, Return Link

CIMM DEFINITION: A data path that goes from the subscriber to the cable headend. Also known as Upstream, Reverse Path or Return Path. (Source: IAB)

2: The transmission link from a user terminal to the central hub that is often slower than the corresponding forward links. (Source:

NOTE – The return channel need not use the same medium as the main channel. For example, some “hybrid” Internet access services use a one-way cable television system for the forward channel and a dial-up modem and telephone line for the return channel. (Source: