The Rise of the Cable Industry and its Future

Tags: Technology Policy

Co-hosted by the Cable Center and the Denver Telecom Professionals as part of Colorado’s Tech Week

The cable industry’s maturation over the last twenty years and its successful promotion of broadband technology has placed it in an enviable position. Today, cable providers not only have left broadcasters (at least as a transmission medium) in the dust (with a 15% and ever declining marketplace position), but also have taken on the telephone companies in their core market, offering voice over the Internet services along with broadband connections. Going forward, however, it is far from certain how the marketplace will evolve and whether cable providers’ success offering broadband connections and pioneering the development of new content offerings will keep them at the technological frontier. Moreover, the industry structure is also changing, with a wave of consolidation, moves to take cable companies private, and the looming development of video over the Internet (or IPTV).

This seminar, co-hosted by the Cable Center and the Silicon Flatirons Telecommunications Program, will examine the success story behind the rise of the cable industry, draw lessons from those accomplishments, and look ahead at future challenges and opportunities. In examining the industry’s rise, we will bring together a number of individuals who played critical roles in developing the relevant regulatory regime, forging new cable programming networks, and pioneering the industry’s business model. Looking ahead, we will discuss the emerging industry structure and the challenges of a landscape marked by technological change. Finally, we will also examine a looming question for the State of Colorado-how the consolidation of cable companies outside Colorado will affect its ability to continue its role as a cable hub.


Welcome and Overview
  • Jana Henthorn
    Senior Vice President of Programs and Education, Cable Center
The Early Regulatory Battles and the Search for a Business Model
  • Dan Brenner
    Senior Vice President for Law & Regulatory Policy, National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA)
  • Ron Rizzuto
    Professor of Finance, Daniels College of Business
  • Phil Verveer
    Senior Counsel to the Chairman, Federal Communications Commission
  • Clay Whitehead
    Former Director, White House Office of Telecommunications Policy
The Rise of Cable Programming Networks
  • Robert DeBitetto
    Executive Vice President and General Manager, A&E
  • Michael Fuchs
    Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, HBO
  • Ken Lowe
    President and CEO, E.W. Scripps Co.
  • Que Spaulding
    Former President of Distribution, Starz Entertainment Group

Learning From the Past and Reflecting on the Industry's Future
  • Julian Brodsky
    Founder and Vice Chairman, Comcast Corporation
  • Brian Deevy
    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Daniels and Associates
  • Tryg Myhren
    Former Chairman of American Television and Communications (ATC)
  • Ray Sokola
    Chief Technology Officer, Motorola Connected Home Solutions

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