David Haigh is a Lead Engineer for Midcontinent Communications. Prior to joining Midcontinent in 2002, he was a Corporate Network Engineer for High Speed Access in Denver, Colorado. David commenced his cable career in Australia in 1995 with Optus Communication (now part of the SingTel Group) as part of the team responsible for building one of the largest HFC deployments in the world and, at the time, the first cable TV system in Australia. In 2000 after recognizing the progress and expansion of cable technology, he moved to the United States to further his knowledge and cable career.
David earned the distinction of Young Engineer of the Year in 2008 for his development and deployment of an effective preventative maintenance program at Midcontinent Communications. Based in Sioux Falls, SD, Midcontinent serves more than 200 communities in western Minnesota, North and South Dakota. The company is a partnership between Midcontinent Media and Comcast. As a result of the preventative maintenance program and upstream 64QAM deployment, Midcontinent was awarded the Communications Technology Top Tier System of the year in 2007. David has been heavily involved in some of the first deployments of 64QAM upstreams, select WDM technologies and RFOG in the cable industry along with an aggressive DOCSIS 3.0 rollout. David has contributed to articles published in Communications Technology magazine on Preventative Maintenance and Upstream 64QAM, as well as jointly hosting a 64QAM upstream webinar in August 2007. David also presented a workshop on DOCSIS 3.0 at Cable-Tec Expo in 2008.
David has been actively involved with the Dakota Territory SCTE Chapter since 2003 holding the position of President in 2006 and Chairman of the Board in 2007. David currently holds the position of Region 6 Director on the National SCTE Board and serves on the Personal Development Committee. David is an active amateur radio operator and member of the American Radio Relay League and SCTE Amateur Radio Club.