BroadbandPlus will rise again this December, with a cast of senior industry
executives recruited to oversee the task.
The California Cable Telecommunications Association has named 24 people to
its 2003 Western Show organizing committee, charged with shaping the show's
focus and speaker lineup.
Among the volunteering notables are Cable Television Laboratories Inc. CEO
Richard Green, Charter Communications Inc. executive vice president Maggie
Bellville, Mediacom Communications Corp. senior VP Joseph Van Loan and CEQUEL
III programming VP Patty McCaskill.
Programmer participants include Bridget Baker, senior VP at NBC Cable
Networks, and Fox Cable Networks executive VP Lindsay Gardner.
Three technology officers will also lend their hands: Marwan Fawaz from
Adelphia Communications Corp., David Fellows from Comcast Corp. and Tony Werner
from Liberty Media Corp.
In the process, the CCTA showed a change of heart about repeating the catch
phrase of its 2002 edition, BroadbandPlus. Initially, officials said the name
would not be used again.
Last year's convention drew more than 10,000 visitors compared with about
17,000 in 2001 and more than 30,000 during the late 1990s and 2000.
"The Western Show has always been the place to get a sneak peek at the future
of cable, and this year will be no different," CCTA president and general
counsel Spencer Kaitz said in a prepared statement.
Larry Oliver, VP and group publisher of Reed Business Information, parent
company of Multichannel News, is also serving on the organizing
committee, as will recurring Multichannel News technology columnist
Leslie Ellis. She also serves as senior technology advisor to the Cable &
Telecommunications Association for Marketing.