Traveling to cable industry events will be a lot easier starting next year.
The National Cable & Telecommunications Association’s  (NCTA) board of directors announced that it has approved a plan, which was co-developed with other cable industry associations, to schedule industry meetings and events at the same time during selected weeks in the spring and fall.
The various cable industry entities will work together to ensure that their major annual events will occur during one of the two weeks each year, which will be called “Cable Connection-Spring” and “Cable Connection-Fall.”
The participating groups include the NCTA, the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers  (SCTE), The Walter Kaitz Foundation , Women in Cable Telecommunications  (WICT), Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing  (CTAM), CableLabs , the Association of Cable Communicators  (ACC), the Cabletelevision Advertising Bureau  (CAB), The Cable Center , Cable Positive , Cable Pioneers, and The National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications  (NAMIC).
“The realigned schedule allows member companies, participants and exhibitors to allocate time and resources more efficiently to better support these organizations and events and to enhance the value of the shared experience of our incredibly collaborative industry,” said NCTA President and CEO Kyle McSlarrow.
Starting next year, industry events such as the NCTA’s The Cable Show, CableLabs’ conferences and the SCTE’s Conference on Emerging Technologies (ET) will be held for several days starting on April 2, 2009, in Washington, D.C.
“CableLabs will refocus and integrate our conference planning,” said CableLabs President and CEO Richard Green. “We look forward to creating a comprehensive array of sessions and exhibits that will continue to advance our industry's leadership in telecommunications technology.”
In the fall of 2009, CTAM Summit, SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, the Cable Center Hall of Fame Dinner and a CableLabs seminar will be among the events in Denver, beginning Oct. 25, 2009.
“The inclusion of SCTE’s Conference on Emerging Technologies and Cable-Tec Expo in these two Cable Connection weeks offers great opportunities to expand the knowledge transfer in the engineering space,” said SCTE President and CEO John Clark. “And the new era of ‘linkage’ between technology and other cable functional areas shows that these linkage opportunities are more needed than ever.”
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