Industry leaders talk about the speed of the infrastructure that brings new cable innovation to market faster.
Directs the Subscriber Equipment group in the Subscriber Engineering and Technology (SE&T) group at Time Warner Cable. The Subscriber Equipment team is responsible for video, voice and data product engineering, requirements and architecture for all subscriber equipment that Time Warner Cable purchases and deploys. He has contributed to many different efforts pertaining to the home networking architecture since 2005 including; MoCA, DLNA, UPnP and OCHN-Tech. Along with the home networking architecture he has contributed to the video encryption and security. Selecting and guiding DRM and CA technology decisions and architecture.
David Colter is the Vice President, IP Architecture and Technology of Charter Communications.
Leslie Ellis is an independent technology columnist, analyst, author, and owner of Translation-Please.com and Ellis Edits, Inc., based in Denver, CO. She writes a weekly column for Multichannel News called â€œTranslation Please,â€ now in its 12th year, and aimed at demystifying commonly-used cable and broadband technology terms. (Archived here: www.translation-please.com)
Ellis wrote the A-to-Z dictionary â€œDefinitive Broadband: Next Generation,â€ in November, 2005, as a follow-on to â€œDefinitive Broadband,â€ published in May 2001. She co-authored â€œThe Field Guide to Broadband,â€ published in October 2002. Additionally, Ellis was a contributing author for the September, 2003 release of â€œPlanet Broadband,â€ a hardcover book describing a vision of the future as foretold by cable modem inventor Rouzbeh Yassini.
Ms. Ellis serves as Senior Technology Advisor to the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM), a role that began in 2001. She received the National Cable Telecommunication Associationâ€™s Vanguard Award for Associates & Affiliates in 2005, and the Rocky Mountain Women In Cable & Telecom (WICT) chapterâ€™s â€œWoman of the Yearâ€ in Technology accolade in 2007. In 2010, she was named Woman of the Year by the Society of Cable & Telecommunications and the national Women in Cable & Telecommunications organization.
Previously, Ellis was Paul Kagan Associatesâ€™ Senior Technology Analyst. Ellis was Senior Technology Editor for Multichannel News/Broadband Week from 1994-1998, and managing editor of Communications Engineering & Design magazine from 1990-1994. She was a contributing editor to CED Magazine from 1999-2008, and a technology research consultant for Bear Stearns & Co. until May of 2008. She began in the cable industry in 1987 by writing hardware and software manuals for Telecommunication Products Corp., then a maker of ad insertion gear.
Kurt is a business development and product marketing expert focused on IP Services, Connected Consumer Electronics and Telecom. He has spent more than 10 years collaboratively creating, marketing, and monetizing broadband digital services for an ever-growing list of Internet-connected devices, including PCs, smartphones, TVs, networking equipment and emerging systems.
Graduating at the top of his Computer Science class, Kurt had a successful Air Force career, attaining the rank of Captain before moving on to the private sector, where he focuses on telecommunications and high-tech.
Over his career, Kurt has been actively involved with numerous high-profile projects, delivering solutions to millions of consumers. Highlights include: Netscape, Microsoft, Intel, 2Wire, AT&T U-Verse, Amdocs, and Paul Allenâ€™s Digeo/Moxi.
Kurt currently operates an executive management consultancy based in the Southwest, where he helps leadership teams bring emerging technology solutions to new markets.
Lakshmi Mandyam is the Director of Enterprise Segment Marketing at ARM.
Steven Reynolds is responsible for developing technology strategies and technology roadmaps for customer premise equipment and home networking technologies at Comcast. In his role, Mr. Reynolds leads the team that develops innovative devices for all aspects of Comcastâ€™s service delivery in the premise, including digital video, voice, data, and cross-platform applications.
Prior to his position at Comcast, Mr. Reynolds served as the Senior Vice President of Technology at OpenTV Incorporated, a world leader in digital and interactive television technology. In that role, Steven led the development of technology and product initiatives for interactive television deployments throughout North and South America, as well as guiding intellectual property development core to the OpenTVâ€™s middleware and advertising business units.
Mr. Reynoldsâ€™ experience in the cable industry has also included executive level positions at ACTV Incorporated and Intellocity USA. He was a member of the technical team at TV Guide, leading the development of the industryâ€™s first interactive program guide for digital cable set-tops.
Steven is a graduate of Widener University, with a Master of Science in Computer Engineering. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from West Chester University. Steven is a member of the SCTE and participates in numerous standards making bodies in the cable and digital video arenas. He also holds over a dozen United States and international patents relating to interactive television and digital devices.
Edgar Villalpando is the Senior Vice President of Marketing at ActiveVideo Networks.
System that distributes television signals by means of coaxial or fibre-optic cables. Cable television systems originated in the U.S. in the late 1940s to improve reception in remote and hilly areas, where broadcast signals were weak. In the 1960s they were introduced in large metropolitan areas where reception is sometimes degraded by reflection of signals from tall buildings. Since the mid-1970s there has been a proliferation of cable systems that offer special services and which generally charge a monthly fee. Besides providing high-quality signals, some systems can deliver hundreds of channels. Another feature increasingly offered by cable operators is two-way, interactive communication by which viewers can, for example, participate in public-opinion polls as well as connect to the Internet. Cable operators are also involved in the development of video compression, digital transmission, and high-definition television.