Former CableLabs Strategy Chief Reed Joins UC Boulder's Telecom Faculty

18-Year Veteran of R&D Consortium to Head University's Broadband Research Center

David Reed, an 18-year veteran of CableLabs who most recently served as chief strategy officer, has joined the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program at the University of Colorado Boulder as a scholar in residence, the university announced.

Reed, who originally joined CableLabs in 1994, left the R&D consortium in September 2012.

At UC Boulder, Reed will lead the development of a new research center to investigate the future of the broadband industry, in addition to teaching and conducting research with graduate students in ITP’s master's and Ph.D. programs.

The mission of the new research center is to help shape broadband evolution through strategic research that “informs technology leaders, strategic planners and policymakers with clear, concise answers to complex, interdisciplinary problems,” the university said.

“We anticipate that major transformations in the broadband landscape will continue for the next 10 years due to technical, economic and public policy trends largely driven by the emergence of broadband Internet technology,” ITP director Douglas Sicker said in a statement. “David's past experience in managing large R&D projects that helped the cable industry transition to broadband is a perfect fit for developing a new research center in ITP focused on broadband technology and policy research.”

Reed said in a prepared statement, “Broadband players will continue to transition network architectures and software platforms to adapt to disruptive technologies, which will force new market strategies. An interdisciplinary center strategically focused on researching the evolution of broadband in close partnership with industry principals will play a valuable role in understanding the direction of change.”

Reed’s departure from CableLabs came after Phil McKinney, formerly CTO of HP’s personal systems group, was named president and CEO last May.