BroadbandPlus - The
New Western Show has redefined itself -- shedding
its regional appeal to represent the industry as whole.
The national show, which will spotlight how broadband
technology has impacted the cable industry, has attracted
more than 200 exhibitors and sponsors.
BroadbandPlus will open up with a one-on-one interview
with Comcast Corp. President Brian Roberts. 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.
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 participate.
The Society of Cable and Telecommunications Engineers
has once again organized this year's technical sessions,
which will address hot topics including accommodating
home networking, HDTV and rolling out streaming multimedia
services. "SCTE's technical sessions will offer
engineers and non-engineers alike a better understanding
of the technical developments and trends driving consumer
services," said John Clark, SCTE president and
CEO. "Industry technology changes quickly--this
is a great opportunity for broadband pros to get up-to-speed
on what's new and important."
Fourteen industry associations also have signed up
to participate in the show, including American Film
Institute, Cabletelevision Advertising Bureau, Cable
Television Laboratories, Cable& Telecommunications
Association for Marketing, ITV Alliance, MPEG-4 Industry
Forum, National Association of Minorities in Communications
and Women in Cable and Telecommunications.