Senior Manager, Product Strategy, C Spire
Jared is responsible for C Spire’s Immerging Technologies and Innovation, which includes its 1 Gbps FTTH initiative, Fixed Wireless Deployments, C Spire TV and Mobility. Baumann has played a key role in C Spire's efforts to forge unique public-private partnerships with Mississippi cities to bring ultra- fast Gigabit Internet and the new C Spire TV. He is a key architect of the company’s broadband Internet and C Spire TV strategy and vision.
Partner, Cinnamon Mueller
Bruce is entering his 30th year of practice in telecommunications law. Bruce advises cable, wireless, broadband and landline telecommunications companies in a variety of programming, regulatory, general operational and contractual matters. He also represents clients before state and federal regulatory agencies, and in mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. Prior to joining Cinnamon Mueller, Bruce was General Counsel for Millennium Digital Media and an ACA Board Member.
Senior Vice President, RPX
Prior to RPX, Andy served as Group Vice President and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for Time Warner Cable. Andy oversaw the company’s intellectual property practice and managed patent litigation, licensing, and portfolio development, as well as IP aspects of the commercial and corporate diligence efforts. Mr. Block started his legal career in private practice, where he focused on patent litigation, licensing, prosecution, and counseling.
Communications Media Manager, Jackson Energy Authority
Steve has worked the past 14 years in media relations and communications with the Jackson Energy Authority. His work began when the company built Tennessee’s first full fiber-to-the-home system (2004). What was misinterpreted by many as JEA’s entry into cable television was actually the construction of a completely new communication infrastructure. Bowers produces and hosts television programming for the system and also serves as an advocate spokesperson encouraging community broadband investment.
Chief Operating Officer, Blue Stream
Joe is building both Blue Stream and Home Town Communications into industry leading Internet, TV, Phone and Alarm providers in South Florida. Prior to TPC Broadband Joe held multiple executive roles at Atlantic Broadband. During his time at Atlantic he negotiated the first agreement in the US to put Netflix on a cable set-top-box, increased sales results by 40% annually and grew market revenue by 15% y/y.
Managing Partner, New Street Research
Jonathan launched New Street’s US practice in 2012. Previously, he led Research Teams at Credit Suisse and Telecom & Cable Research at JPMorgan. Jonathan has twice been recognized as "Best on The Street" among Telecom analysts by the Wall Street Journal, second for stock picking among Telecom analysts by Forbes Magazine and as a leading stock picker among analysts covering all industries by Institutional Investor Magazine.
Gateway Solutions Architect, Intel Corporation
Chris has over 20 years of experience in the telco and cable industry and brings a service provider view to the technology, products and services Intel can provide. Previous to Intel, Chris was VP of Premise Technology at Time Warner Cable. He architected and deployed the DOCSIS 3.0 migration and shares a Technical Emmy at Time Warner Cable for Multi-room DVR and has been awarded over 34 patents.
VP of Marketing, Ritter Communications
Susan has spent the last 24 years in marketing and advertising, including the last 12 in the telecommunications industry. Christian leads Ritter's communication and advertising, serves as an official spokesperson, assists with regulatory affairs and supervises the “Tubetown” staff, Ritter’s local content production team. Previously, Susan managed Ritter’s residential customer care and product development teams. Previously, Susan was with TRUE Visionary advertising agency and Cott Beverages.
Partner, Kelley Drye Warren LLP
Tom is a partner in the firm's Washington, D.C. office. His practice focuses on matters involving communications, including telecommunications, wireless and media, the Internet, privacy and government relations. Tom has more than 30 years of experience in the communications and telecommunications industry sector.
VP, Technology Engineering, WOW!
Eric is responsible for the design and deployment of the nation's 6th largest cable network. Previously, Eric helped manage the data and transport expansion of Cox Communications’ network in the Southwest. He has over 17 years of MSO experience with a focus on growing the largest cable networks in the country. Eric now leads WOW!’s engineering team with a focus on network programmability, service virtualization, access architecture evolution and IP Video
President, Hub Entertainment Research LLC
Peter has been a market research consultant for over 25 years. He specializes in research for the media and entertainment industries, with a focus on digital content and user interfaces, and a special emphasis on helping media companies transition most effectively to the new digital environment. He’s conducted research for a wide variety of companies in the category, including Comcast, Spectrum TV, Cox, NBC, Disney/ABC, Netflix, Hulu, and Viacom.
Chief Technology Officer, Wow!
Cash’s leadership at WOW! has resulted in numerous awards and recognition. In partnership with key vendors, he’s brought products such as WOW! Ultra, WOW! Sw!vel and 1 Gig Internet to life. In addition to his responsibilities for Engineering and IT/Applications Development, Cash has oversight for Field and Corporate Operations. Prior to joining WOW!, Cash held leadership positions at Nortel, BigBand Networks, ADC Telecommunications, Antec, and Cox
SVP & General Manager – TiVo
Michael has extensive digital entertainment market experience managing the engineering and design of software systems, mobile applications, and cloud based services. Previously, he was SVP/GM for Sling Media where he oversaw all product development, engineering, service operations, sales and marketing, and managed the multi-year roadmap for consumer growth across the globe. Prior to this role, Michael has also held other leadership positions at EchoStar Technologies, Advanced Digital Broadcast (ADB) Americas and STMicroelectronics.
Director Engineering & Technology, TDS
Wade is a veteran of the service provider industry with breadth of experience from datacenter, managed services, access technology, mobility and cable operations. Wade was the former CTO of Bend Broadband and is a broadband advisor for the State of Oregon. He is an Oregon native with a BS in computer science from Oregon State University and a MBA from the University of Oregon.
Director of Utilities, LUS Fiber
For over 23 years, Terry Huval has served as Director of Lafayette Utilities System (LUS), a municipally-owned utility, providing electric, water, wastewater and telecommunications services to more than 67,000 customers. Under Huval’s leadership, LUS has been at the forefront of innovation and change in the utilities industry. He led the establishment of the LUS Fiber telecommunications system, which has brought positive national and international acclaim to Lafayette.
Director, Fiber Technology, EPB
Colman brings more than twenty years of experience in IT and project management to his role as our Director of Fiber Technology at EPB. He is an expert on the EPB Fiber Optics network – from the initial business planning and technical architecture to software implementation. He has a degree in Business Administration from East Tennessee State University, is a Certified Public Accountant, and has earned 6 Sigma Black Belt Certification.
Director of Marketing, Shentel
Matt is a self-proclaimed marketing technologist and an 18 year veteran of the telecommunications industry. His previous experience includes NASA, UUNET and Verizon Business. He is the Director of Marketing for Shentel’s Cable division. His passion is getting people engaged and using data to drive marketing results. Footnote he is section hiking the Appalachian Trail and an avid Parrothead.
Founder/Managing Partner, Next Media Partners, Inc.
Gerard Kunkel is a technology, media and entertainment executive with decades of experience bringing new products and services to market. Gerard has advised companies from the Fortune 50 to startups from Silicon Valley. Gerard has been an executive consultant to Microsoft, an executive at Comcast, including president of Comcast’s GuideWorks division, and founder of Comcast’s User Experience organization. He is author of two technology books, and holds 13 interactive media patents.
SVP, Government Affairs, American Cable Association
Ross Lieberman serves as Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for the American Cable Association (ACA), representing the interests of small and medium-sized cable operators. Lieberman is the trade association's advocate on Capitol Hill and at the Federal Communications Commission. Lieberman holds a Juris Doctor degree from American University’s Washington College of Law and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the Johns Hopkins University.
National Community Leader, US Ignite
Nishal is responsible for implementation of the Smart Gigabit Communities initiative. Nishal served as a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow in the Office of the Assistant Director, Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering at the National Science Foundation (NSF). He was responsible for developing and driving national initiatives in Big Data and data science, smart and connected health, smart cities and next generation internet and applications through the NSF US Ignite program.
VP, Operations & Video Engineering, RCN
Jason has spent the last 20 years at RCN with an emphasis on Engineering and Operations. Over the last 8 years he has been focused on redefining the Video Experience for the RCN customer base. Jason was the visionary behind bringing the TiVo Experience to the MSO world. He is currently leading the IP Video initiative at RCN.
SVP, Legal Affairs, NCTC
Jeff Nourse has worked for the NCTC for eight years and currently manages a number of responsibilities including regulatory issues, corporate governance, membership, human resources and various contracts affecting members and vendors. Prior to working at NCTC, Jeff worked at Sprint Communications on dark fiber contracts and regulatory issues as well as in the insurance industry writing and negotiating acquisition agreements for a franchise company.
President & CEO, American Cable Association
Matt oversees the daily operations and affairs of ACA, a 750-member, non-profit association dedicated to serving independent cable businesses and the owners of smaller cable TV systems nationwide. ACA represents its members’ concerns before Congress, the FCC, and other agencies.
Business Strategist, MotionFirst
Meridith is an award-winning author, keynote speaker and business strategist. With a background in corporate sales and leadership, her career expands over several industries including banking, healthcare and finance. Meridith worked her way up from an entry-level position to earn her seat at the C-Suite table. Meridith is passionate about helping her clients understand how to make this economy start working for them.
President & COO, MobiTV
Routt spearheads strategic and agile collaboration within MobiTV’s operations, engineering and systems integration departments. Prior to being COO, Routt oversaw day-to-day operations that drive the stability, reliability, quality and 24/7 monitoring of MobiTV’s end-to-end managed service platform. Previously, Routt held leadership roles in Sprint’s Technology Integration Center and Network Development. He was responsible for the design, development, testing and integration of messaging, wireless access, multimedia streaming, VOIP and core IP routing.
Senior Director of Research, Parks Associates
Brett is an expert in worldwide television and broadband services. His personal research focuses on the activities and trends among operators and the market forces affecting their businesses. Brett is a regular speaker and moderator at international industry events. Brett has spent over eighteen years in the industry as an analyst, executive manager, and entrepreneur.
Head of Android TV Partnerships, Google
Jon comes from the Microsoft Mediaroom team where he ran the Global Deployments team responsible for helping operators adopt and implement the Mediaroom solution. While at Ericsson Jon was responsible for running the America's Media business which expanded his portfolio from middleware to include compression, cloud solutions, CDN technology, and expanding DRM and platform capabilities to support OTT feature sets. Jon joined Google in 2016 to help drive Android TV adoption.>
Sr Director, Engineering & Standards, SCTE
Dean is responsible for the development of standards and operational practices for broadband communications, including: reducing energy usage through the Energy 2020 program; assuring networks are ready for DOCSIS 3.1 deployments; enabling advanced and IP video services; and supporting migration of networks from coax to fiber delivery. Prior to joining SCTE•ISBE, Dean spent 26 years with General Instrument, Motorola and ARRIS, where he was responsible for systems analysis and architecture development
Director, Annenberg Innovation Lab
Taplin's book Move Fast and Break Things tells the story of how Facebook, Google, and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy, as his book’s subtitle. An expert in international communication management and digital media entertainment, Jonathan Taplin is Director Emeritus of the Annenberg Innovation Lab at the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
Editor-in-Chief, Wired Magazine
Thompson is the editor-in-chief of Wired magazine and previously, he edited National Magazine Award-nominated writing and “The Great Escape,” the story that became the feature film Argo. Thompson played a pivotal role with The New Yorker, where he helped re-design the website, launch the New Yorker app, spark an eight-fold increase in monthly readers, and quadruple the number of new digital subscribers each month. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed biography The Hawk and the Dove: Paul Nitze, George Kennan, and the History of the Cold War.
Chief Technologist, ZirrusOne
Nathan Vineyard is an experienced leader of progressing engineering initiatives across organizations, from SMB to Fortune 500s. Nathan has been designing and installing IPTV systems since 2008, most notably the IPTV system and routing design for Google Fiber. He developed first FTTT for the nation’s largest wireless carrier for MSO network backhaul architecture and deployment, and lead Internet Engineering for Suddenlink to launch first major MSO to implement HFC-D3.0 Gigabit services.
SVP & CTO, Mediacom
Mr. Walden currently runs technology and engineering for Mediacom including video, internet, phone and enterprise products. Mr. Walden has been the recipient of Mediacom’s Chairman’s Award, Multichannel News 40 under Forty and the NCTA Vanguard award for Science and Technology. He has served on various boards and committees at Pace, Tivo, Cisco, Arris and Cablelabs with 22 years of experience in cable and 29 years of experience in Internet.
Technology, Liberty Global PLC
Bill's primary responsibilities include research and evaluation of new innovative technologies as it relates to Liberty's business, strategic and operational objectives. With decades of experience in both the broadcasting and cable industries, Bill has served in leadership positions at: RDK Management, LLC, CableLabs, SCTE, DOCSIS and OpenCable. He is a member of the CableLabs European CTO advisory committee, CableLabs OpenCable certification board, SCTE's Foundation board, as well as various technical advisory boards.
VP, The Alpine Group
Jared focuses on telecommunications and technology issues as an advisor to the American Cable Association. His broad portfolio includes work for the wireless, video, competitive broadband, and music industries. Jared served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Rep. Anna Eshoo, whose Silicon Valley constituency is dominated by many large technology companies and thousands of start-ups.
Vice President, Client Development, RPX
Prior to joining RPX, Andrew was an early employee and Global Vice President of Agency Sales for Marin Software. During his tenure, Marin Software grew from zero revenue to launching a successful initial public offering. Andrew began his career as a Naval Officer serving onboard ships in demanding operational positions. He led combat systems and engineering departments on deployments in the Red Sea, Northern Indian Ocean, and Persian Gulf.