Expo panel to focus on small and rural ops

May 21, 2018
At Cable-Tec Expo this fall, the SCTE/ISBE will focus on the technology and policy issues that affect small, mid-size and rural cable and ...

At Cable-Tec Expo this fall, the SCTE/ISBE will focus on the technology and policy issues that affect small, mid-size and rural cable and telecommunications providers via a panel featuring the CEOs of the NTCA, NCTC and ACA.

The opening session of the Innovation Theater on Oct. 23 will feature a panel titled "Off The Beaten Path: Strategies For Success In Small, Midsize and Rural Markets," featuring:

  • Shirley Bloomfield, CEO of NTCA - The Rural Broadband Association
  • Rich Fickle, president and CEO of the National Cable Telecommunications Cooperative (NCTC)
  • Matt Polka, president and CEO of the American Cable Association (ACA)

The panel will discuss the role operators in those markets play in broadband availability, as well as the technology, policy and competitive scenarios they face. In addition, it will address the evolution of the competitive landscape, new services that are under consideration, and technology innovation that is helping operators to maintain leadership in their markets.

"Small, mid-size and rural service providers are essential to fulfilling the promise of ubiquitous broadband coverage," said Mark Dzuban, president and CEO of the SCTE/ISBE. "NTCA, NCTC and ACA are well-positioned to share their members' needs with the Expo audience, as well as how that translates into future technology roadmaps."

Bloomfield, who has represented the country's smallest independent telecom operators for more than three decades, is an expert on the role of federal communications policies in sustaining the vitality of rural and remote communities and the benefits that rural broadband networks bring to the national economy. Fickle spent almost 30 years with AT&T Broadband, Ascent Media, and Deluxe Entertainment before joining the NCTC in 2011. A member of the Cable Television Pioneers, Polka, a lawyer and 25-year veteran representing independent companies in Washington DC, is responsible for the representation of nearly 800 small and mid-size independent video and broadband providers before Congress and the FCC.

Other Expo speakers include: Pat Esser, president of Cox Communications; Michael Powell, president and CEO of the NCTA; Phil McKinney, president and CEO of CableLabs; Mark Dzuban, president and CEO of the SCTE/ISBE; and Tony Werner, president, Technology and Product, Comcast.

Cable-Tec Expo is scheduled for Oct. 22-25 in Atlanta.