Small, Mid-Size MSOs to Take Center Stage At SCTE Cable-Tec Expo


Senior technology executives from Armstrong Communications, BendBroadband, Buckeye CableSystem and Massillon Cable TV/Clear Picture will discuss the challenges they face and opportunities inherent to operating mid-tier service providers at the upcoming SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Orlando.

During the conference opening session entitled "Mid-Size Insights: Challenges and Solutions Faced by Small- to Mid-Size Cable Operators," Michael Giobbi, CTO of Armstrong Communications; Wade Holmes, vice president of technology for BendBroadband; Joseph Jensen, CTO of Buckeye CableSystem; and Kelly Rehm, technical operations manager and general manager of Massillon Cable TV/Clear Picture; will share their insights and acumens with attendees.

The panel, which will be moderated by Ken Wright, principal of Wright Solutions and technology advisor to the National Cable Television Cooperative, is scheduled to be part of a wide-ranging opening general session that also will address such issues as innovation and diversity within cable's technical workforce. The Expo's opening general session is slated from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon on Wednesday, Oct. 17.

"The Tier 2/3 systems that collectively serve more than 10 million customers are facing dramatic changes in technology, consumer expectations and the competitive landscape," said Daniel Howard, senior vice president, engineering and CTO of SCTE, in a statement. "The ‘Mid-Size Insights' panel has been designed to explore the unique issues small- and mid-size operators face and the new solutions that are being tailored for them."

Housed at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, SCTE Cable-Tec Expo will begin with pre-conference sessions and a companion event, the Digital Home Symposium, on Tuesday, Oct. 16. From Wednesday through Friday, Oct. 17-19, Cable-Tec Expo will feature a full menu of educational opportunities, including: panel discussions featuring industry thought leaders; hundreds of hands-on, technology-centric exhibits; an extensive menu of robust and relevant technical workshops; the International Cable-Tec Games; the IP Challenge; and valuable learning that is driven by peer-to-peer interaction and networking. Special pavilions will address the delivery of digital content and services, as well as smart energy management.

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