Michael Powell, president and CEO of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) and former chairman of the FCC, will headline the opening general session of SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2013 in October in Atlanta.
The opening keynote will feature a conversation between Powell and Kevin Hart, executive vice president and CTO of Cox Communications and chairman of the Cable-Tec Expo 2013 Program Committee. The two are expected to discuss a variety of prominent industry technology and policy issues.
Powell served as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission from 2001-2005 and was an FCC Commissioner for eight years. Prior to joining NCTA in 2011, he served two years as co-chairman of Broadband for America, a coalition of more than 300 companies dedicated to expanding the discussion of broadband availability in the United States.
“We are witnessing a period of tremendous innovation in cable technology that is enabling our industry to offer an exciting new range of products and services,” said Powell. “By working collaboratively to create a climate that encourages continued development and technical excellence, NCTA, CableLabs and SCTE are driving growth of new products and services that are improving the consumer and business experiences.”
Earlier this year, Powell served as a guest speaker at the SCTE-Tuck Executive Leadership Program at Dartmouth College. The last time an NCTA president and CEO addressed SCTE Cable-Tec Expo was a “town hall”-type event with Kyle McSlarrow in 2007.
SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2013 is set for Monday through Thursday, Oct. 21-24. Two pre-conference symposia, one focusing on DOCSIS 3.1 Engineering and another entitled “Creating the Cable Generalist,” will be held on Monday, Oct. 21. SCTE Cable-Tec Expo and the symposia will take place at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Discounted pre-registration for both SCTE Cable-Tec Expo and the symposia is available through Oct. 8.