The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) is proud to serve remarkable individuals, its members—people with great minds who labor to make sure everything works. Ours is not a think-tank organization where theories are plentiful and real-life applications are few. SCTE’s members improve operational efficiencies, deploy advanced technologies, reduce operational costs, troubleshoot and deliver unparalleled customer service. In 2004, SCTE will function more than ever as a means for you as cable professionals to come together to learn, share ideas, discuss technical challenges and achieve. Professional development The Society is dedicated to keeping its approximately 14,000 members on top of technologies through publications, conferences, local chapter technical sessions, a bookstore, online learning resources and teleconferences. Whatever your learning style, we’ve got you covered. You can earn industry-recognized credentials through the Society’s certification programs with convenient online testing. Many chapters offer study groups, and SCTE provides all certification enrollees with access to online study resources and a special listserv dedicated to certification. SCTE offers scholarships to help you finance your education. Whether a college course, certification program or conference, SCTE can support your pursuits. All members may apply for scholarships. Diversity thrives within our community. Our members work for cable operators, manufacturers, contractors, universities, municipalities and many other industry-related organizations. Multiple cable executives applaud SCTE’s ability to bring people together to problem solve and share solutions for network issues. Networking opportunities abound. SCTE’s Conference on Emerging Technologies (ET) 2004, set for Jan. 13–15, and Cable-Tec Expo 2004, to be held June 15–18, provide first-class opportunities to attend educational sessions and network with peers. SCTE comprises 71 local groups in the United States, Canada, Brazil and Germany that provide inexpensive but robust technical programs. SCTE’s listservs enable ongoing dialog among members worldwide. Chief among them is the renowned SCTE-List. The Spanish listserv accommodates and engages Spanish-speaking members as one of many facets of SCTE Operación Español. Information gathering Have you ever tried searching for a broadband topic on the Web, with the results numbering in the thousands if not millions? HDTV recently yielded 2.3 million “matches.” With SCTE’s new search engine, SCTE InfoScope, launching this month, you can search with the confidence of knowing only qualified broadband content will be delivered. The SCTE search engine is an important tool for engineers, field personnel, customer service representatives and anyone who needs to know more about a broadband topic. Standards development SCTE is proud to have many astute, hard-working members who spearhead standards development. In the year ahead, SCTE will make even more progress in this area, producing work that is highly visible throughout the world. It will be exciting to see the strides that SCTE will make in standards development in 2004. “Professional Development, Information and Standards”—three special dimensions…one dynamic Society…one brand new year. Let’s make it memorable. John Clark is president and CEO of SCTE. Email him at jclark@scte.org.

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