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Tuesday - Sept 24

SCTE® Broadband Fiber Installer Boot Camp (separate registration required)

9:00 AM
- 5:30 PM

SCTE® Standards Program Interface Practices Subcommittee (IPS) Plenary

1:00 PM
- 3:30 PM
The Human Factor

Masterclass: Cultivating Your Ideation Toolkit and Innovation Mindset

2:00 PM
- 3:30 PM
Michelle Vendelin
Director, Innovation Services & Coaching
CableLabs

Peeking Into the Future

3:00 PM
- 4:30 PM

Cable TV Pioneers 58th Annual Banquet

6:00 PM
- 10:00 PM

Chapter Leadership Breakfast

7:30 AM
- 8:45 AM

Opening Headliners

9:00 AM
- 10:30 AM
Balan Nair
President and Chief Executive Officer
Liberty Latin America
Phil McKinney
President and CEO
CableLabs
Julie Laulis
Chair of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer
Cable One
+4
Technology Policy

View from the Hill

10:45 AM
- 11:45 AM
Moderator
Russell Hanser
Deputy Chief Legal Officer
NCTA – The Internet & Television Association

Exhibition Open

10:45 AM
- 6:00 PM
The Human Factor

Interview: AI and the Future of Learning

11:00 AM
- 11:20 AM
The Human Factor

AI Unleashed: Practical Strategies for Your Organization

11:30 AM
- 12:10 PM

Women’s TechConnect Program Graduation Lunch

12:00 PM
- 2:00 PM
Operations, Construction & Network Planning

Go with the Flow: Upstream

12:30 PM
- 1:45 PM
Moderator
Mike Darling
Principal Network Engineer
Rogers Communications
James Medlock
Founder and CEO
Akleza, Inc.
Jonathan Leech
Principal Engineer II
Comcast
+1
AI & Automation

Making the Most of AI in Broadband Networks

12:30 PM
- 1:45 PM
Moderator
Dr. Jennifer Andreoli-Fang
Head of Fixed Networks
AWS
Karthik Sundaresan
Distinguished Technologist & Director of HFC solutions
CableLabs
Marco Gagliostro
Manager, PON Technology and Enterprise Network Operations
Rogers Communications
+1
The Human Factor

Driving Employee Performance: Exploring Training Impacts through Business Metrics

12:30 PM
- 12:50 PM
Abbie O’Dell
Senior Director, Learning Services - Field Operations
Charter Communications
Wireline Network Evolution

Your Network is Talking, Please Listen

12:30 PM
- 1:45 PM
Larry Wolcott
Comcast Fellow
Comcast
Mr. Mike O’Dell
Distinguished Engineer
Comcast
Belal Hamzeh
Vice President, Technology & System Engineering
Comcast
Wireless & Convergence

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Fixed Wireless Access (FWA)… but Were Afraid to Ask!

12:30 PM
- 1:45 PM
Dr. Roy Sun
Ph.D., Principal Architect
CableLabs
Dorin Viorel
Distinguished Technologist
CableLabs
Technology Policy

Spectrum Policy: (Re-)Shaping Network Technologies, A Demand-side Conversation

12:45 PM
- 1:45 PM
Moderator
Mark Walker
VP, Technology Policy
CableLabs
Network-as-a-Service

Architecting the Cloud: Orchestrating B2B, Multi-Cloud, and Applications

12:50 PM
- 1:45 PM
Moderator
Paul Fonte
Director, Future Infrastructure Group
CableLabs
David Olea
Senior Manager B2B Technology
Liberty Latin America
Marcus Miller
Lead Cloud Native Solutions Architect
Cox Communications
Security & Privacy

We Are Not Immune from Attacks and Responsibility

12:50 PM
- 1:45 PM
Brian Scriber
Distinguished Technologist and VP of Security and Privacy Technologies
CableLabs
Shivam Gupta
Security Engineer
Cantata Health Solutions
The Human Factor

Diversity in Construction

1:00 PM
- 1:40 PM

¿Pueden extenderse los beneficios de las arquitecturas distribuidas a los despliegues de pon? Un enfoque latinoamericano

1:45 PM
- 2:05 PM
Marcela Martinez
Sr Engineer Access Network Planning
Claro Colombia
AI & Automation

Generative Artificial Intelligence and Its Impact on the Cable Industry – Spanish

1:45 PM
- 2:05 PM
Dr. Claudio Righetti
Director of the Artificial Intelligence Department
Universidad Austral
Wireline Network Evolution

Getting the Download on FDX

2:00 PM
- 3:15 PM
Moderator
Dan Rice
VP, Access Network Engineering
Comcast
Dr. Robert Howald
Comcast Fellow
Comcast
Dr. Richard Prodan
Engineering Fellow
Comcast
+1
AI & Automation

Adopting an AI-Powered Approach to Network and Capacity Planning, Part One

2:00 PM
- 3:15 PM
Moderator
Yvette Kanouff
Partner
JC2 Ventures
Dr. Sebnem Ozer
Distinguished Engineer
Charter
Mohsin Afridi
Lead Communications / Network Engineer
Cox Communications - Core Design Engineering
Wireless & Convergence

Boosting the Performance and Reliability of Wireless Networks

2:00 PM
- 3:15 PM
Moderator
Charles Cheevers
CTO, Home Networks
CommScope
Dileep Kumar Soma
Principal Wireless Engineer
Charter Communications
Kamaljit Bal
Wireless Private Network Architect
Rogers Communications
Security & Privacy

Bad Things Happen with Bad Passwords

2:00 PM
- 3:15 PM
Jacob Prosser
Dr. Golam Kayas
Technical Research & Development Engineer
Comcast
Serhad Doken
Chief Technology Officer
Adeia
Technology Policy

National Spectrum Strategy Multistakeholder Process and Status

2:00 PM
- 3:00 PM
Moderator
Traci Biswese
Vice President and Associate General Counsel
NCTA – The Internet & Television Association
Network-as-a-Service

API-Powered NaaS

2:00 PM
- 3:15 PM
Moderator
Israel Madiedo
Innovation & Technology Director
izzi (Televisa)
De Fu Li
Distinguished Engineer
Comcast Cable
Christopher Aubut
Principal Engineer II
Charter Communications
+1
Wireless & Convergence

Track Keynote: Seamless Migration: A Case Study in Transferring the Wireless Customer

2:00 PM
- 2:20 PM
Amir Hussain
SVP, Chief Technology and Product Officer
Liberty Latin America
Operations, Construction & Network Planning

The What, Why and How of Using Digital Twins

2:00 PM
- 3:15 PM
Moderator
Greg White
Distinguished Technologist
CableLabs
Mehul Patel
Distinguished Architect
Comcast
Steve Condra
Senior Engineering Director and Product Manager
Teleste Intercept LLC
+1
Wireline Network Evolution

PNM Live!

2:30 PM
- 3:10 PM
Technology Policy

Infrastructure Security: Integrating Zero Trust Across Core and Access Networks

3:15 PM
- 4:15 PM
Moderator
Jessica Almond
Director, Technology Policy
CableLabs
Wireline Network Evolution

Track Keynote: From the Cloud to the Home – a Smarter, Faster and Most Reliable Network Realized

3:30 PM
- 4:00 PM
Elad Nafshi
Executive Vice President, Chief Network Officer
Comcast
Wireless & Convergence

Seamless Connectivity: Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere

3:45 PM
- 5:00 PM
Moderator
Neel Dayal
Senior Director, Innovation and Partnerships
Rogers Communications Canada
John Bahr
Distinguished Technologist
CableLabs
Sorna Dhanabalan
Lead Architect
Cox Communications
+1
AI & Automation

Adopting an AI-Powered Approach to Network and Capacity Planning, Part Two

3:45 PM
- 5:00 PM
Moderator
Yvette Kanouff
Partner
JC2 Ventures
Vaibhav Phatarpekar
Senior Software Development Engineer
Comcast
Jiten Patel
Director Network Operations
Altice USA
+1
Network-as-a-Service

Containerization of the Cloud: Why, Where and How?

3:45 PM
- 5:00 PM
Moderator
Max Gasparroni
VP Mobile Core – Mobile & Cloud Technology
Liberty Global Technology Limited
Nasir Ansari
Network Architect
Rogers Communications
Pavan Chandrashekar
Lead Data Engineer
Cox Communications
Security & Privacy

Guarding the Gateway: Securing the Infrastructure

3:45 PM
- 5:00 PM
Moderator
Dr. Tao Wan
Distinguished Technologist
CableLabs
Matt Carothers
Senior Principal Security Architect
Cox Communications
Carl Klatsky
Senior Principal Engineer
Comcast
+1
Operations, Construction & Network Planning

Powering a Greener Future

3:45 PM
- 5:00 PM
Toby Peck
Senior Director of Broadband Product Management
EnerSys Energy Systems
Mike Wojciechowski
Engineer 3, Critical Infrastructure
Comcast X-Labs
Ivan Perallon
VP Access Power Systems
Technetix
Wireline Network Evolution

A Report Card on Virtual CCAP and Low Latency

4:00 PM
- 5:15 PM
Moderator
David Ririe
Cox Communications
Derek Lee
Manager, Wireline Access Technology & Engineering
Rogers Cablesystem
Jason Livingood
Vice President - Technology Policy, Product & Standards
Comcast
+1
Wireline Network Evolution

Balancing Efficiency and Flexibility: A Comparative Analysis of Home Connect Strategies in FTTH Deployments

4:00 PM
- 4:40 PM

Expo Happy Hour

5:00 PM
- 6:00 PM

Chairmen’s Reception

6:00 PM
- 7:30 PM

CEO Dinner

7:30 PM
- 9:30 PM

Circle of Eagles

7:30 AM
- 8:45 AM
Operations, Construction & Network Planning

Using AI to Optimize Operations and Energy Consumption

7:30 AM
- 8:45 AM
Mike Glaser
Principal Architect, Critical Facilities
Cox Communications
Jordan Kupersmith
Data Scientist II
Cox Communications
Ron Slutter
Senior Technical Sales Representative
EnerSys Energy Systems
AI & Automation

Driving a Proactive Approach to AI-Powered Security

7:30 AM
- 8:45 AM
Dr. Kyle Haefner
Ph.D., Principal Architect
CableLabs
Jeff Calkins
Lead Data Scientist
Charter Communications
Wireline Network Evolution

Practical Strategies for Deploying FTTH

7:30 AM
- 8:45 AM
Moderator
John Bevilacqua
Principal Architect
CableLabs
Brian Yarbrough
Principal Engineer - OSP Engineering
Cox Communications
Kevin Noll
Principal Architect
CableLabs

Opening Headliners

9:00 AM
- 10:30 AM
Damian Poltz
Senior Vice President, Wireline Networks
Rogers Communications
Charlie Herrin
President of the Technology, Product, Experience
Comcast
Len Barlik
Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer
Cox Communications
+3

Exhibition Open

10:45 AM
- 6:00 PM
Technology Policy

A Year After the Artificial Intelligence Executive Order: Current Status & What’s Ahead

10:45 AM
- 11:45 AM
Moderator
Priya Shrinivasan

SCTE Standards Business Continuity Program & Disaster Recovery Update

11:00 AM
- 12:30 PM
Wireline Network Evolution

Building Tomorrow: Sustainable Fiber Networks for a Greener Future

11:30 AM
- 12:10 PM
Wireline Network Evolution

From Residential to Multi-Service Fiber Access Networks

11:30 AM
- 12:10 PM
Wireline Network Evolution

Navigating the Transition: Operational Insights into Delivering Broadband over Fiber

12:15 PM
- 12:55 PM
Wireless & Convergence

Boosting Your Wi-Fi: Creating a Better Experience for Real-Time Applications

12:30 PM
- 1:45 PM
Moderator
Lili Hervieu
Principal Architect, Wireless Research & Development
CableLabs
Lei Zhou
Engineer
Charter Communications
Pratyusha Malladi
Principal Engineer
Charter Communications
+1
Wireline Network Evolution

A Photonic Future

12:30 PM
- 1:45 PM
Moderator
Fernando Villarruel
Senior Advisor PON Core Group
Ciena- Tibit Technologies
Dr. Zhensheng Jia
Fellow and Director of Advanced Optical Technologies
CableLabs
Venk Mutalik
Comcast Fellow
Comcast
+1
Network-as-a-Service

Optimizing Your Edge

12:30 PM
- 1:45 PM
Moderator
Bill Warga
Vice President Strategy & Technology
Liberty Global
Dr. Keith Rothschild
Senior Principal Engineer
Cox Communications
Nicholas Dunkin
Director of Architecture and New Product Introduction
Vecima Networks
+1
Operations, Construction & Network Planning

Optimation: Optimizing Operations with Automation

12:30 PM
- 1:45 PM
Moderator
Robert Gaydos
Comcast Fellow
Comcast
Douglas Johnson
VP, Software Architecture
Vecima Networks
Mark Kayser
Sr Communications / Network Engineer, Cox Business Network Sustaining Engineering
Cox Communications
+1
Growth & Transformation

Driving Sustainable Growth

12:30 PM
- 1:30 PM
Moderator
Hans Geerdes
Principal Strategist
CableLabs
Satya Parimi
SVP Product & Strategy
Spectrum Business
Bob Victor
SVP Customer Solutions
Comcast Business
+1

SCTE Energy 20/20 Update

1:00 PM
- 2:30 PM
Operations, Construction & Network Planning

Market Expansion: Challenges and Opportunities Encountered in Rural Expansion

1:00 PM
- 1:40 PM
Technology Policy

Cybersecurity 2025: What Should We Expect?

1:15 PM
- 2:15 PM
Moderator
Loretta Polk
Vice President and Deputy General Counsel
NCTA – The Internet & Television Association
Operations, Construction & Network Planning

Transforming a BSP from VDSL to GPON: A Case Study on the Operational Benefits of Overbuilding a Telco’s MSAN

1:45 PM
- 2:05 PM
Chuck Page
VP, Technical Operations
Liberty Caribbean
Wireline Network Evolution

Coherent PON

2:00 PM
- 2:55 PM
Moderator
Matt Schmitt
Principal Architect
CableLabs
Edward Boyd
Vice President, PON R&D
Ciena
Dr. Haipeng Zhang
Principal Architect
CableLabs
Growth & Transformation

Transformation—Lessons from the Video Game Industry

2:00 PM
- 3:00 PM
Moderator
Anju Ahuja
VP Product Strategy Insights
CableLabs
Shawn Layden
Former chairman PlayStation Worldwide Studios
Sony Interactive Entertainment
AI & Automation

Developing and Building AI and GenAI Products

2:00 PM
- 3:15 PM
Dr. Jennifer Andreoli-Fang
Head of Fixed Networks
AWS
Nick Pinckernell
Distinguished Engineer, Machine Learning
Comcast
Jim Prather
Lead Systems Engineer
Cox Communications
Wireless & Convergence

DOCSIS® Meets Wireless: Performance Analysis and Testing

2:00 PM
- 3:15 PM
Moderator
Josh Redmore
Principal Architect, Wireless Access Technologies
CableLabs
Dr. Rahil Gandotra
Lead Architect
CableLabs
David Urban
Fellow
Comcast
+1
The Human Factor

Lightning Talks: Innovation in Action

2:10 PM
- 3:10 PM
Operations, Construction & Network Planning

New Approaches to Network Design

2:20 PM
- 3:35 PM
Moderator
Jennifer Smardo
Senior Vice President, Network Implementation
Comcast
Sung-eun Kim
Principal Architect
Cox Communications
Kathy Binns
Program Delivery Director
Connect Tools Delivery Team • Comcast Cable‬
Technology Policy

Where in the World are Broadband Programs Now?

2:30 PM
- 3:30 PM
Moderator
Pamela Arluk
Vice President & Associate General Counsel
NCTA - The Internet and Television Association
Adam Cassady
Media and Wireline Advisor to Commissioner Nathan Simington
Federal Communications Commission, Commissioner Simington’s Office
Amanda Martin
Policy Director
National Telecommunications and Information Administration
The Human Factor

AI Strategy Arena: Master the Game of Integration

2:30 PM
- 4:00 PM

Building a Services-Platform Beyond Simple Connectivity

3:15 PM
- 3:55 PM
Growth & Transformation

CMO Insights: The North American Perspective

3:30 PM
- 4:30 PM
Moderator
Wendy Rosen
AVP Consumer Insights
Cox Communications
Kendall Milne Bancroft
SVP
Rogers Communications
David McNaughton
Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing
Mediacom
+1
AI & Automation

Finding the AI Advantage in Customer Experience

3:45 PM
- 5:00 PM
Moderator
Asit Tandon
Vice President, Network Technology
Rogers Communications
Ilana Weinstein
Data Scientist
Comcast
Gavin Mitchell
VP Product Quality Assurance
Altice USA
+1
Wireline Network Evolution

HFC Continues to Deliver

3:45 PM
- 5:00 PM
Dr. Alberto Campos
Fellow
CableLabs
Mike Cooper
Principal Architect
Cox Communications
Dr. Rob Thompson
System Architect
Sercomm Technology Inc.
Operations, Construction & Network Planning

Making Sense of Plant Data

3:45 PM
- 5:00 PM
Moderator
Dr. Jason Rupe
Distinguished Technologist
CableLabs
John Chrostowski
Executive Director, NGAN Access Engineering
Comcast
Allen Maharaj
Manager - HFC Network Operations
Rogers Communications
+1
Wireless & Convergence

Connectivity for the Enterprise Customer

3:45 PM
- 5:00 PM
Moderator
Dr. Rikin Thakker
Chief Technology Officer and SVP, Technology
NCTA - The Internet & Television Association
Robert Jaksa
Rohith Kumar Punithavel
Sr. Software Engineer
Charter Communications
+1
Technology Policy

Broadband Networks and Disaster Planning

3:45 PM
- 4:45 PM
Wireline Network Evolution

The Three Laws of Broadband

4:00 PM
- 4:20 PM
John Chapman
CTO Broadband & Fellow
Industry
Wireless & Convergence

Spectrum Utilization: Nationwide Measurements for New Spectrum Opportunities and Government Policy

4:30 PM
- 5:00 PM
Mark Poletti
Director Mobile Networks and Principal Architect
CableLabs

Expo Happy Hour

5:00 PM
- 6:00 PM

International Cable-Tec Games Registration & Breakfast

8:00 AM
- 9:00 AM

SCTE International Cable-Tec Games

9:00 AM
- 12:45 PM

Exhibition Open

9:00 AM
- 1:00 PM
Wireline Network Evolution

Operationalizing and Automating PON

9:30 AM
- 10:45 AM
Moderator
Dr. Curtis Knittle
Vice President, Wired Technologies
CableLabs
Jon Schnoor
Principle Architect, Wired Technologies
CableLabs
Michael Emmendorfer
Vice President of Technology
Calix
+1
AI & Automation

AI-Driven Insights for Outside Plant and Customer Premises

9:30 AM
- 10:45 AM
Moderator
Sanket Walavalker
Comcast
Matt Wichman
Dir Network Ops
Comcast
Dr. Maher Harb
Distinguished Engineer
Comcast
+1
AI & Automation

Introducing RAG: How Can Retrieval Augmented Generation Fine-Tune your LLM

9:30 AM
- 10:45 AM
Moderator
Jan Neumann
Senior Director, Applied AI Research
Comcast
Tyler Glenn
Principal Engineer
CableLabs
Dr. Santhana Chari
VP, Broadband Analytics and Data Science
OpenVault
+1
Wireline Network Evolution

Driving End-to-End IP Networking

9:30 AM
- 10:45 AM
Moderator
John Chapman
CTO Broadband & Fellow
Industry
Mark Goodwin
Lead Network Engineer
Cox Communications
Deependra Malla
Network Design Engineer
Cox Communications Inc.
+1
Wireline Network Evolution

Boosting Performance: PNM for Optical Networks

11:30 AM
- 12:45 PM
Moderator
Israel Madiedo
Innovation & Technology Director
izzi (Televisa)
Dr. Jason Rupe
Distinguished Technologist
CableLabs
Robert-Jan van Minnen
Senior Manager Network Analytics & Performance Planning
Liberty Global - Liberty Tech
+1
Wireline Network Evolution

Optimizing DOCSIS® Capacity

11:30 AM
- 12:45 PM
Moderator
Karthik Sundaresan
Distinguished Technologist & Director of HFC solutions
CableLabs
Jay Zhu
Senior Principal Software Engineer
Comcast
Saifur Rahman
Distinguished Engineer
Comcast
+1
AI & Automation

Harnessing AI to Improve Network Reliability

11:30 AM
- 12:45 PM
Moderator
Damian Poltz
Senior Vice President, Wireline Networks
Rogers Communications
Nivedhitha Sridhar
Comcast
Madiha Sahar
Presenter
Rogers Communications
+1

SCTE International Cable-Tec Games Awards

12:45 PM
- 1:00 PM