BroadbandPlus - The New Western Show will open up with a one-on-one interview with Comcast Corp. President Brian Roberts.
Show organizers have yet to reveal what Roberts will be addressing or who will be firing off the questions. Roberts has been tapped to run the newly combined AT&T Comcast unit, once the merger is approved, which will most likely be before the exhibit hall opens for business. Yesterday, the companies announced it had cleared a hurdle. "The waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act (the HSR Act) applicable to the combination of Comcast Corp. and AT&T Broadband has expired," the cable firms said in a joint statement. "At this time, the HSR Act no longer prohibits the parties from closing the proposed transaction."
Several other Comcast executives will be involved in sessions throughout the show, including Mark Hess, Andy Addis, Terry Bienstock and Steve Craddock. Other speakers will include executives from various MSOs, cable programmers and hardware and software providers. On the MSO side, AT&T Broadband's Cameron Gough, Cox Communications' Lynne Elander and Charter Communications' Curt Shaw will also participate.
As of yesterday, more than 10 cable programming executives has signed on to speak at a session during the show.
The show will run Dec. 3 - 6, 2002 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif. As of last week, show organizers had signed up more than 180 companies for its main exhibit hall and the CableLabs CableNET 2002 showcase.