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In order to provide Quality of Service (QoS) to users with real-time data such a s v oice, video and interactive services, the evolving IEEE 802.14 standard for Hybrid Fiber Coaxial (HFC) networks must include an e ective priority s c heme. In this paper we i n vestigate the ability of the current speci cation to provide priority service and show that a preemptive s c heduler is not a su cient solution. We propose to augment the scheduler with a novel scheme for implementing priority a c c e sdoi:10.1109/90.842142 fatcat:4dvpvdx2l5gjdk5yo3ynzqpuiq