We are just a month-and-a-half away from the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers‘ Cable-Tec Expo, the industry’s premier engineering show. It will take place Tuesday through Friday, June 14-17 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio. Come prepared for great professional development and information opportunities. Here’s what we mean. Workshops This year’s show will feature 20 technical workshops that will cover the entire scope of cable in the here and now, organized by the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo Program Subcommittee under the leadership of chair Mike LaJoie of Time Warner Cable. Check out the general category headings of the 20 workshops. Each workshop will be presented twice so that you have a better chance of fitting the ones meant for you into your busy show schedule. SCTE received an all-time-high of 105 proposals this year in response to its annual Expo Call for Papers. Only about one in five actually made the cut for incorporation into one of the Expo workshops. That means Expo 2005 is poised to provide you with the latest and greatest information from the best and brightest contributors. Technology at every turn The show floor will bring you the latest in cable telecommunications technology, as experienced and knowledgeable representatives from an anticipated 400-plus companies share their products and services. Information will flow around every corner. Visit www.scte.org for a diagram of the show floor complete with the list of current exhibitors. Use it to plan your rounds or scope out available exhibit space. The show floor is a powerful opportunity to immerse yourself in the state of the art in cable telecommunications. Networking opportunities One of the really solid characteristics of Expo is the opportunity to look someone in the eye and shake hands. Networking is key to Expo’s more than 10,000 attendees, and Expo is famous for bringing people together in enjoyable social settings. In San Antonio, attendees can look forward to the relaxing atmospheres of the Arrival Night Reception, sponsored by Acterna; the Annual Awards Luncheon, featuring the announcement of SCTE’s Member of the Year and the 2005 SCTE Hall of Fame inductees; and Expo Evening at Sunset Station, sponsored by Arris, C-COR, CommScope, Motorola, Scientific-Atlanta, and SCTE. And that’s just to name a few. Join us now If you have been to Expo in years past, you know exactly what I am talking about. If you haven’t, please stop missing out and get on the books for this year’s show at www.scte.org. Find out firsthand just how excellent an experience SCTE Cable-Tec Expo is. See you in San Antonio! John Clark is president and CEO of the SCTE. Reach him at jclark@scte.org.

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