The NCTA selected 29 broadband experts to write tech papers to be read at this year’s National Show, Apr 3-5, San Fran. The authors will present their papers as part of 6 technical sessions covering topics like Emerging On-Demand, DRM and Next Gen Network architectures. — MTV’s ‘The Music Experience’ and Spike TV’s ‘Men’s State of the Union’ shared top honors in the CTAM Research Case Study Award Competition. — Glad to see they’ve righted the wrong of omitting Monty Rifkin from Cable’s Hall of Fame. Rifkin plus A&E’s Nick Davtazes, Viacom’s Tom Freston, Glenn Jones, former HBO CEO Michael Fuchs, former Daniels hand John Saeman and early cable op John Walson (posthumous) will go in Oct 19. — Cable Positive will hold the 1st in a series of breakfasts for supporters and the press in NY Feb 7 to highlight cable’s commitment to battling HIV and AIDS. Taking place on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness and Information Day (and during Black History Month), the kick-off event will unveil Cable Positive’s PSAs promoting HIV/AIDS education and prevention in the African-American community. — The UN invited Cable Positive chief Steve Villano to participate in an HIV/AIDS event at the MIPTV conference (Apr 11-15, Cannes) to discuss US cable programmers’ commitment to the cause.