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Cable's Fine 'Fellow'

9:30 AM -- The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. (IEEE) has elevated one of cable's good guys to "Fellow," considered the engineering organization's "highest grade of membership."

That honor goes to Nick Hamilton-Piercy, a former senior technology adviser and chief technology officer of Rogers Communications Inc. (NYSE: RG; Toronto: RCI), the largest cable and cellular service operator in Canada. He's officially retired from the company, but evidently still keeps his hand in the engineering world these days as an independent consultant.

The IEEE recognized Hamilton-Piercy, also a former senior chair of the CableLabs Technical Advisory Committee, for "leadership in development, design and implementation of modern network architecture and topologies in the cable industry."

He also hasn't been averse to taking some risks, either. Some may remember he was at the technology helm when Rogers dipped its toes into the interactive TV waters using the Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) WebTV platform.

When evaluating potential new Fellows, IEEE evaluates just one tenth of 1 percent of its membership each year, an insider notes. According to IEEE stats, the org has more than 375,000 members worldwide.

Hamilton-Piercy's status as Fellow becomes effective Jan. 1, 2009.

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News

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