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SCTE•ISBE Cable-Tec Expo® Statement on Coronavirus

SCTE•ISBE CABLE-TEC EXPO® 2020 IS ON – VIRTUAL AND FREE
Leading MSOs and SCTE Foundation join to make top industry event free for all attendees

Updated: June 9, 2020

SCTE•ISBE Cable-Tec Expo 2020 will take place virtually Oct. 12-16, marking the first all-digital presentation of the largest cable telecommunications and technology event in the Americas since its inception in 1983. Charter Communications, Comcast, Cox Communications and the SCTE Foundation have joined together as presenting sponsors to make Cable-Tec Expo 2020 free for all attendees.

The virtual format will enable a larger, more diverse group of professionals to take part in the industry’s signature event from their homes and offices around the world. The educational heart of the show, the Fall Technical Forum, will draw on a record 267 thought leadership abstracts exploring artificial intelligence, operational transformation, advancements to cable’s 10G platform, lessons learned from COVID-19, and more.

“Cable-Tec Expo plays a vital role for the industry. We’re looking forward to expanding its reach in 2020 with a fully immersive, interactive virtual format,” said Tony Werner, president of Technology, Product, Xperience at Comcast Cable. “Cable-Tec Expo gives professionals in our industry a platform to share their insights, learn from one another and allied industries, and shape the future in an increasingly connected world. We’re confident this year will be no exception.”

Visionary insights, technical innovation and shared learning remain the cornerstones of the annual event, which this year asks attendees to “Imagine the Possibilities” for the future of connectivity. In addition to the Fall Technical Forum, Expo 2020 will feature a thought-provoking General Session, future-focused presentations in the Imagine Zone, an interactive Exhibitor Gallery, and the annual SCTE•ISBE awards celebration. Expo 2020 is co-chaired by Ed Marchetti, senior vice president of operations for Comcast, and Tom Monaghan, senior vice president, field operations for Charter Communications.

“The move to a virtual event is a tangible demonstration of the power of connectivity. Though there is undeniable value in meeting face-to-face, the increasingly global nature of our industry and the day-to- day demands placed on cable operators have made it difficult for some to attend in previous years,” said Tom Adams, executive vice president, field operations for Charter Communications and chair of the SCTE•ISBE Board of Directors. “The cable industry is built on a culture of resiliency and innovation. A virtual Cable-Tec Expo will not only allow us to come together despite current global circumstances, it will also enable more of our colleagues to participate.”

The MSO community and the SCTE Foundation collaboratively made the decision to support the first- ever virtual Cable-Tec Expo in recognition of the show’s importance to the industry. The SCTE Foundation will support the virtual education portion of Expo 2020 and will partner with various educational facilities and minority universities to provide free educational invitations, facilitate interactions between students and executives, and create internships and career opportunities.

Expo 2020 had been scheduled for the Colorado Convention Center, which last month was designated as a temporary medical facility for the remainder of the year.

Cable-Tec Expo® 2020 Venue Update

Updated: May 27, 2020

SCTE•ISBE has received official notification that Governor Polis’ executive order designating the Colorado Convention Center as a temporary medical facility has been extended through the remainder of the year.

We are deeply disappointed Cable-Tec Expo® 2020 cannot proceed in Denver as planned. SCTE•ISBE’s senior leadership team is assessing the situation and giving careful consideration to alternative arrangements. Rest assured, SCTE•ISBE remains committed to supporting our members as the industry and the world grapples with COVID-19 and will honor all eligible requests for refunds. 

As the largest cable telecommunications and technology event in the Americas, Cable-Tec Expo gives attendees an unrivaled opportunity to learn from colleagues, explore next generation technology, and propel the industry forward. We hope to continue that tradition this year. 

We are encouraged by the unyielding support we have received despite this year’s uncertainty, proving Cable-Tec Expo remains as relevant today as ever before. This is evidenced, in part, by a record-matching response to our recent Call for Papers.

We will share additional information as our path forward solidifies in the days and weeks ahead. In the meantime, thank you for your patience and we hope you remain safe.

Mark L. Dzuban
President/CEO
SCTE•ISBE

Zenita Henderson
Vice President, Marketing & Business Development
SCTE•ISBE

Eileen Sload
Director, Global Events
SCTE•ISBE

Statement from President/CEO Mark Dzuban

Updated: April 22, 2020

Like all of you in the industry and beyond, our lives have been upended by the COVID-19 pandemic over the past couple of months. We’ve cancelled personal and professional engagements, learned new ways to make the most of remote conferencing, and in many cases have revisited elementary school as our children’s and grandchildren’s educations have shifted to the Internet.

One thing that hasn’t changed at SCTE•ISBE is our planning for Cable-Tec Expo, the largest cable telecommunications and technology event in the Americas. Our Program Committee – co-chaired by Charter’s Tom Monaghan and Comcast’s Ed Marchetti – is poised to review Fall Technical Forum abstracts that are due May 8, and our Expo team is moving ahead to ensure that everything is ready for Expo’s October 13-16 run in Denver.

Expo anchors a week that includes two other important events: The Cable TV Pioneers Annual Dinner and CableLabs’ Envision event. Moreover, a large portion of the Expo program this year will be devoted to helping the industry understand the lessons of the coronavirus crisis. Our goal in the 25 weeks between now and mid-October is to ensure that all of this takes place in an atmosphere that is safe for all involved.

We understand that there are uncertainties ahead. We are following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control, are in constant contact with Denver and Colorado authorities, and are taking extra precautions together with the Colorado Convention Center and our hotel partners. The bottom line is this: we will do nothing that will jeopardize the safety of our guests.

We recognize that the decision to attend Expo may be a difficult one this year. In the months ahead, we will keep you abreast of developments so you can manage your scheduling and travel plans. We hope that you, your family and your friends continue to remain safe during these challenging times, and we hope that we have an opportunity to see you at Cable-Tec Expo in October.

Kind Regards,
Mark L. Dzuban
President/CEO
SCTE•ISBE