The Next Big…Connection

Cable-Tec Expo® 2017 comprises rich settings for learning from exceptional industry thought leaders, exchanging valuable information, networking among peers, inspiring new ways of thinking, and cementing new relationships here and abroad—face to face, live and in person.

Opening General Session

Charting cable’s adventurous course

Taking it from the top, SCTE•ISBE kicks off the most innovation-packed Expo to date with insight and forward-thinking from the industry’s premier thought leaders. Hear and see C-level perspectives on the forces transforming cable telecommunications.

General Session Continental Breakfast
Wednesday, October 18
8:00 AM–8:30 AM
Bellco Theater Foyer

Opening General Session
Wednesday, October 18
8:30 AM–10:30 AM
Bellco Theater

Opening Remarks

The Society’s principal leaders set the tone for the General Session, including the passing of the gavel to the newly installed chairman of the SCTE•ISBE Board of Directors.

Tony Werner
President, Technology and Product,
Comcast Cable, and Outgoing
SCTE•ISBE Board of Directors Chairman

Mark Dzuban


Keynote Speakers

The Society proudly provides not one but two captains of the industry as keynote speakers. Each gentleman will share his outlook on cable telecommunications and how network innovation will significantly drive favorable business results.

Tom Rutledge
Chairman and CEO,
Charter Communications


Mike Fries
Liberty Global

Tom Rutledge guided the technological and business transformation of Charter and engineered last year’s transactions with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks.

Mike Fries was a founding member of the management team that launched Liberty Global’s international expansion more than 25 years ago, and he has served in various strategic and operating capacities since that time.

Cable-Tec Expo Co-Chairmen Conversation

The two technology executives responsible for co-directing the Cable-Tec Expo 2017 Program Committee will take the stage and converse about industry trends, the Society’s role in advancing the industry, and some of the finer features of this year’s Expo.

Jim Blackley
Executive Vice President, Engineering & Information Technology, Charter

Terry Cordova
Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, Altice


Operations Panel

Managing the creation and delivery of innovative products and services that provide exceptional value to their customers is the tall challenge these panel members rise to everyday. They’ll share their experiences and lessons learned.

Debi Picciolo
Senior Vice President, West Region, Charter Communications


Ed Marchetti
Senior Vice President, Operations, Comcast

Annual Awards Luncheon

Acclaiming exemplary achievers

With esteemed honors, the Society salutes excellence achieved throughout the industry’s workforce, which SCTE•ISBE is committed to keeping up to date, competent, and prepared for what’s next to drive cable’s profitability ever higher.

Wednesday, October 18
12 PM–1:30 PM
Mile High Ballroom

Convene with fellow attendees to applaud this year’s recipients of the following awards and recognitions and learn what distinguished them:

  • David Hall Award (presented by SCTE UK)
  • Women in Technology Award
  • Excellence in Standards Award
  • Innovators Award
  • Chairman’s Award
  • SCTE•ISBE Hall of Fame Induction 1
  • SCTE•ISBE Hall of Fame Induction 2

Comcast Cable President and CEO Dave Watson and ARRIS CEO Bruce McClelland will offer insights on the links between technology prowess and business success. Watson and McClelland will share thoughts on business trends, technology innovation and the impact of Industry preparedness to the bottom line during the noon luncheon panel.

ISBE International Experience

Advancing broadband abroad

The Society’s global vehicle, the International Society of Broadband Experts (ISBE), is gaining traction and momentum. Cable-Tec Expo is the perfect place to accentuate the advancements considering Expo’s international attendance grew 14 percent last year compared to Expo 2015. And, those international attendees traveled to Expo from more than 60 countries.

Special International Event

In celebration of SCTE•ISBE and Broadband Technology Report’s Latin America partnership, meet and greet ARRIS race car driver Daniel Suarez, complete with photographs and autographs. A fast track of its own, Cable-Tec Expo should suit Suarez just fine!

Thursday, October 19
5:00 PM-6:00 PM
Executive Member Lounge

Suarez made history in 2016 by becoming the first Mexican-born driver to capture a NASCAR national touring series victory. He is also the fifth Latino driver to win a NASCAR national series race. The 25-year-old star was the 2016 XFINITY Series Champion.

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ISBE International Attendee Breakfast

The International Society of Broadband Experts® (ISBE), the global arm of SCTE, is pleased to host Cable-Tec Expo® 2017’s ISBE International Attendee Breakfast, sponsored by ARRIS.

Cable-Tec Expo 2017’s International Attendee Breakfast is a hearty way to begin the closing day of Expo. Come hungry to learn about exciting new developments in SCTE•ISBE’s international partnerships. Following the breakfast, explore the extraordinary learning and development features in the CORTEX Lounge, located in the Exhibit Hall, and enter to win a sweepstakes.

Friday, October 20
7:30 AM–9:00 AM
Rooms 605–607

Sponsored by:



Join Steve McCaffery, president, international sales, and managing director, international business operations, ARRIS, as he hosts a panel of global service and content providers to discuss trends in business and technology. Attendance is open to all Expo attendees.

Topics on the agenda include: keeping the network capable of delivering gigabit broadband, delivering a quality Wi-Fi experience inside and out of the home, co-existing with OTT, and all those next big things like 5G, IoT, 8K, VR, and AR.

Annual Membership Meeting & Member Appreciation Reception

Member meet

Be sure to make your presence felt at the SCTE•ISBE Annual Membership Meeting & Member Appreciation Reception.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
4:30 PM-5:30 PM
Rooms 708/710/712

Bring your questions and comments for the Society’s board of directors and professional staff, all of whom will be on hand with answers and information.

Expo Evening

Take the w-o-r-k out of net—-ing!

It’s right to take it light after another hustle-bustle day at the show. All attendees are welcome! Watch as the Cable-Tec Expo Exhibit Hall takes it foot off the gas for a couple of hours and coasts into casual mode as the venue for a festive Expo Evening!

4:30 PM-7:00 PM
Exhibit Hall A/B/E/F

No need to run and catch a shuttle bus to an offsite destination this year. The fun and relaxation come to you, and Expo Evening will be a sight for sore eyes and feet! Knowing this crowd, you’ll still be networking. It just won’t seem like it.

Catch your breath and relax with friends while trying your hand at carnival games, taking in the variety of entertainment, and visiting floor bars to redeem the two drink tickets that come with a full-conference registration.

Exhibitors can purchase drink ticket packages and host a bar and refreshments in their exhibit booth. Expo Evening sponsorships are also available to help you get your enterprise noticed.

Sponsors: Vericom Global Bar Sponsors: KPG Co. and Momentum Telecom

Cortex Olympics @ Expo Evening

Behold the skill that brings the thrill of victory!

Two camps of talented, fierce competitors will share essentially the same time and space this year at Expo as two crowd-favorite events co-locate in the Exhibit Hall under the new catchy name, CORTEX Olympics.

International Cable-Tec Games
4:30 PM-7:00 PM
Exhibit Hall A/B/E/F

Sponsors: Vericom Global and Bar Sponsors: KPG Co. and Momentum Telecom

First-place winners from local SCTE•ISBE Cable-Tec Games competitions are recognized for their achievements and come together at Cable-Tec Expo to compete in events that measure their technical abilities, such as cable splicing and meter reading, and demonstrate their knowledge.
International Cable-Tec Games participants compete against each other for the international gold, silver, and bronze medals in categories such as Cable Splicing, Meter Reading, Cable Jeopardy, and MTDR.

IP Challenge
Innovation Theater
5:00 PM-6:30 PM

Sponsored by Cisco Systems

In the annual SCTE•ISBE IP Challenge, cable professionals skillfully show off their IP IQ by competing in a blended-style Jeopardy match that includes traditional questions, router and CMTS configuration, and hands-on activities.

Hundreds of cable professionals have competed in two pre-Expo online virtual qualifier matches earlier this year. The eight finalists will appear live and in person in Innovation Theater to seek the title of IP Challenge champion.

Amateur Radio Reception

Strong reception

This special event with a faithful following is conducted annually at Cable-Tec Expo and is set this year for the afternoon of Expo╒s closing day.

Friday, October 20
1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Room 704

Sponsored by Communication Associates

The Society proudly announces that this year╒s gathering is sponsored by Communication Associates, the worldwide leader in attenuator manufacturing. Connect with longtime friends and colleagues and introduce yourself to new ones. Experience the Amateur Radio Reception at Cable-Tec Expo!

Loyal Order Of The 704

The meeting will come to order

A longstanding Society tradition, the Loyal Order of the 704 will convene this year as it does every year at Cable-Tec Expo.

Wednesday, October 18
8:00 PM-11:00 PM
The Cable Center

With Denver as the host city of Expo this year, the Loyal Order will gather in the friendly, familiar confines of The Cable Center. New inductees into the Loyal Order will be welcomed into the fold amidst the usual fun and fanfare for which the Loyal Order has become legendary.

Light Reading Breakfast

Breakfast at Breznick’s

Light Reading=s “Virtualizing the Cable Architecture” Breakfast will be led by Light Reading Cable/Video Practice Leader Alan Breznick.

Wednesday, October 18
6:30 AM-7:55 AM
Room 605/607

Sponsored by Amdocs, Casa Systems, Intraway, and Viavi

In this special power breakfast, SCTE•ISBE, MSO, and vendor technologists will discuss the industry’s early trials and pilot programs with SDN and NFV, the business-use cases they’re exploring, the results they╒re seeing so far, and the challenges they must still overcome to make virtualization a reality. The breakfast event is free to Cable-Tec Expo attendees.
Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading
John Dickinson, Vice President, Advanced Commercial Engineering, Charter Communications
Robert Howald, Vice President, Network Architecture, Comcast

BTR Breakfast

Start your day off right with DOCSIS®

Rise and shine and join Broadband Technology Report and a panel of distinguished speakers for an exclusive breakfast session titled “DOCSIS® 3.1 Goes Mainstream.”

Thursday, October 19
7:30 AM-9:00 AM
Room 605/607

BTR will serve up real-world deployment experiences and lessons learned from the CTO perspective, plus updates on Full Duplex DOCSIS 3.1 and ongoing standards and training developments╤all from experts in the field.

JR Walden, CTO, Mediacom
Jon Pederson, CTO, Midco
Belal Hamzeh, VP, Wireless Technologies, CableLabs¿
Dean Stoneback, Senior Director, Engineering and Standards, SCTEÑISBE
Stephen Hardy, Editorial Director, Broadband Technology Report (moderator)

This breakfast panel will especially appeal to CTOs, network planners and designers, and regional and system engineers.

Learning, Development & ROI Experience at Expo

Better learning—better earning!

True to its mission, SCTE•ISBE is proud to offer learning and development and human resources/finance VIPs an experience at Cable-Tec Expo that’s tailored to them and their requirements. Free Exhibit Hall floor passes will be provided ($199 value/ea.).

The L&D ROI Experience at Expo will emphasize the distinct connection between how well a workforce is trained and how well it contributes to a company╒s business results. The centerpiece will be SCTE•ISBE’s CORTEX Expert Development System™ (EDS), the sharp, new learning platform that leverages multiple stimulation points to develop mastery of technical subject matter.

Here is the agenda for the L&D ROI Experience at Expo:

General Session Continental Breakfast
Wednesday, October 18
8:00 AM–8:30 AM
Bellco Theater Foyer

Opening General Session
Wednesday, October 18
8:30 AM–10:30 AM
Bellco Theater

Learning, Development & ROI Seminar (Invitation Only)
Wednesday, October 18
10:45 AM–12:00 PM
Room 401/402

Special Speakers:

Karl M. Kapp, Ed.D., CFPIM, CIRM
Director, Institute for Interactive Technologies
Professor of Instructional Technology
Bloomsburg (Pa.) University

Dr. Martha Soehren
Chief Talent Development Officer, Senior Vice President
Comcast Cable Communications

Learning & Development-Hosted Buffet Lunch
Wednesday, October 18
12:00 PM–1:00 PM
Room TBD

Exhibit Hall Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Wednesday, October 18
1:45 PM–2:00 PM
Exhibit Hall A/B/E/F

CORTEX VirtuLearn™ Live, Hands-on Demos (multiple stations) (Invitation Only)
Wednesday, October 18
2:00 PM–3:30 PM
Exhibit Hall, CORTEX Lounge

Exhibit Hall Self-Guided Tour (Invitation Only)
Wednesday, October 18
3:30 PM–6:00 PM
Exhibit Hall A/B/E/F

Communicating Across Cultural & Technical Differences

Wednesday, October 18
9:00 AM–2:00 PM
Room TBD

Presented in partnership with the SCTE•ISBE, The Cable Center and National Association Multiethnicity In Cable (NAMIC), join us for a dynamic discussion on the languages of technology teams. Learn how to communicate across differences within teams of varying backgrounds and skills within technology companies.

• Want to feel comfortable and effective working within teams of varying ethnicities,
cultures and beliefs?

• Want to feel comfortable and effective working within technology teams?
If so, this two-part session is for you!

Part 1: Unleashing the Power of Multicultural Teams
Presented by Maria Popo, Founder & CEO, AMP10x

The ability to tap into the greatest potential of any team is linked to how well the members of the team understand their problem solving and communication styles and, as important, those of the other team members. This is especially the case with teams made up of
individuals from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives.

Join us as we unpack the toolbox of skills required for collaboration, creativity, and robust team deliverables. Here’s a look at just some of what we will explore:

• Giving and receiving results-centered feedback
• Effective cross-cultural communication and conflict resolution
• Evaluating team learning, satisfaction, and output

Part 2: Communicating Across Technical Backgrounds
Presented by James C. Jones, Senior Vice President, Education and Diversity Solutions at NAMIC, Inc.

Designed to help people with non-technical backgrounds, this programming primer will help you communicate more efficiently with your developers and product teams. Become confident engaging with your engineering teams.
Time will be made for lunch and networking.

Small to Medium Sized Independent Operator Experience

Tall support for small business

Addressing the technical needs of businesses large, small, and in between, SCTE•ISBE is organizing a customized collection of activities for those Cable-Tec Expo attendees who make their living in the small- to mid-sized cable telecommunications marketplace.

SCTE•ISBE is offering C-Level members of NCTC and ACA free Exhibit Hall floor passes ($199 value/ea.) and 50 percent off the cost of Expo full-conference registrations.

Here’s the agenda for the Small/Mid-Market Experience at Expo:

NCTC Strategic Member Meeting – Fall Video Roundtable
(Open to all NCTC members)
Tuesday, October 17
7:00 AM-5:00 PM
Room TBD

The NCTC Innovation Workshop will assemble executive-level industry thought leaders in the Tier 2 and Tier 3 markets for peer-to-peer discussions about strategic industry topics impacting their businesses. As a networking forum, the workshop will identify ways SCTE•ISBE, NCTC, and ACA can work together to better prepare their respective memberships and the industry’s entire technical workforce to succeed.

Small to Medium Sized Independent Operator Experience Reception
(Invitation Only)
Tuesday, October 17
3:00 PM–6:00PM
Room TBD

General Session Continental Breakfast
Wednesday, October 18
8:00 AM–8:30 AM
Bellco Theater Foyer

Opening General Session
Wednesday, October 18
8:30 AM–10:30 AM
Bellco Theater

Exhibit Hall Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Wednesday, October 18
1:45 PM–2:00 PM
Exhibit Hall A/B/E/F

CORTEX VirtuLearn™ Live, Hands-on Demos (multiple stations) (Invitation Only)
Wednesday, October 18
2:00 PM–3:00 PM
Exhibit Hall, CORTEX Lounge

Exhibit Hall Self-Guided Tour (Invitation Only)
Wednesday, October 18
3:30 PM–6:00 PM
Exhibit Hall A/B/E/F

Millennial Experience At Expo

Expo generates excitement for all generations!

The Society makes sure there is something for everyone at Cable-Tec Expo. The millennial segment of Expo’s audience will find several events and attractions to be particularly suited to their interests.

One Day Immersion
Monday, October 16
4:00 PM-9:00 PM
The Cable Center

This special event connects top media executives with future industry leaders. (Attendees receive a free Expo Exhibit Hall floor pass.)

CableFIRST Robotics Event
Wednesday, October 18
2:00 PM-6:00 PM
Exhibit Hall
Events Lounge

Fabulous FIRST™ teams and their remarkable robots will dazzle, wow, and amaze. Come witness technical problem-solving and thinking-on-your-feet at its finest.

Incubator Alley
Wednesday, October 18-20
During Exhibit Hall Hours
Exhibit Hall

SCTE•ISBE is proud to showcase incubator companies and products in this Alley of ingenuity, concentrating on new verticals, wireless, and collegiate and start-up ideation.

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