SCTE just celebrated another successful Conference on Emerging Technologies (ET), which predicts cable technology three to five years out. Now, on the heels of ET, it is time to hone in on making tomorrow’s technologies a reality today. That is what SCTE’s Cable-Tec Expo is all about. It looks at real-world, real-time applications and technologies that are now coming to fruition, giving you a wealth of tools to use in your job today. This year’s Cable-Tec Expo, June 15-18 in Orlando, Fla., will "Maximize Your EXPOsure to Cable Technology." This annual event gives you a chance to explore cable engineering and technology through educational workshops, exhibits and hands-on demonstrations of new products and services. Plus, Cable-Tec Expo is valuable for all levels of cable technology-related jobs�product development, system operations, engineering and new business development to name a few. What’s hot now? At Cable-Tec Expo, the educational workshops are filled with current and practical information for use in day-to-day operations. Employees leave Cable-Tec with knowledge of real world applications that improve job performance today, which ultimately leads to an improved bottom line for their companies. This year’s Cable-Tec Expo Program Subcommittee-chaired by Steve Silva, executive vice president, business development for Comcast Cable Communications-selected a number of educational workshops focusing on today’s burning issues, such as Wi-Fi; VoIP; DOCSIS; video-on-demand; HDTV; bandwidth, workforce and network management; network architecture; multiservice transport issues; headend infrastructure; cable modems; wireless data; all-digital migration; PacketCable and OSS; and more. Each workshop is offered twice, allowing you the flexibility to pick and choose the workshops that are most valuable to you. Plus, you will gain valuable insight into cable’s hottest issues from leaders in the industry during the CEO and CTO panels. Check out the Cable-Tec Expo Web site (http://expo.scte.org) for the panelists who will be announced soon. Forecast looks bright Bring your shades because it looks like it will be another bright year on the Cable-Tec Expo exhibit floor. Last year’s exhibit floor boasted 356 vendors, and this year is proving to be another stellar year. With three days to explore the exhibit hall, you will have ample time to meet face-to-face with suppliers and service providers for hands-on demonstrations of a variety of tools and techniques. In addition to the educational workshops and the exhibit hall, you will have plenty of opportunities to kick back with your friends and meet new people during Cable-Tec Expo’s receptions, luncheons, national Cable-Tec Games competition, and the highly anticipated Expo Evening. We look forward to seeing you in sunny Orlando! For more details and to register for Cable-Tec Expo, visit our Web site at expo.scte.org, or call (800) 542-5040 for more information. John Clark is president and CEO of SCTE. He may be reached at jclark@scte.org.

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