The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) added seven new members to its Standards Program in 2007, bringing the total number of program members to 147.
The SCTE’s Standards Program provides technical standards for the cable and telecommunications industries. The standards cover a wide range of industry needs, from F-connectors to protocols for high-speed data access over cable. Any individual or organization that is willing to participate and pay a membership fee is welcome to join the program.
The program’s membership comprises manufacturers, which constitute the majority of members; MSOs, including the top four (Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications and Charter Communications); professional associations, such as the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) and CableLabs; software service providers, including Google; consumer electronics manufacturers, such as Sony; and programmers, including the Discovery Channel.
“The fundamental tenet of our standards program is building consensus for the benefit of the industry and its customers,” said SCTE VP of Standards Stephen P. Oksala. “Our exciting standards membership growth in 2007 benefits everyone because we gain the valuable input and contributions of an expanding pool of participants.”
Additionally, the SCTE Foundation has awarded a major grant to Dan Wu, a field support engineer with Panasonic in Mt. Laurel, N.J., and a member of the SCTE since 2002.Wu is applying his grant of approximately $3,900 toward college courses on his way to a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications from DeVry University.