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SCTE® LiveLearning for Professionals Webinar™ Series: Smart WiFi, Smart Homes

As homes fill up with more and more connected devices, managing the customer’s home Wi-Fi network effectively and efficiently has become more important than ever. With the adoption of Wi-Fi 6, Wi-Fi 6E and now Wi-Fi 7 technology in their broadband routers and modems, cablecos are seeking to stay ahead of the curve by offering higher speeds and more bandwidth to subscribers, extending the home network’s range and reducing the mounting congestion of the home network. Operators are also looking to develop and deploy new smart-home services and generate fresh revenue.

February 15, 2024

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Date: Feb 15, 2024

Duration: 1 Hr

But all these things are easier said than done. How can operators use the next-gen Wi-Fi specs to overcome thorny home networking issues? And how can they leverage the specs to craft and support promising new smart-home services?  In this webinar, we will discuss the potential of the new Wi-Fi specs to drive ARPU for cablecos, as well as the technical, operational and integration challenges the specs raise.

Speaker:
Robin Fenton, Vice President of Membership & Learning Operations 

Robin Fenton is the Vice President of Membership & Learning Operations for the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE). In this role, she oversees operations impacting 10,000 learners, 3,000 certified professionals, 60 chapters and 18,000 members worldwide. Her responsibilities include developing and executing strategies that encourage member engagement, customer satisfaction, learner development, and empowering volunteers to carry out the mission of SCTE at the local level.

Robin started her SCTE career in 2002 as manager of standards operations for SCTE, where she managed the cable industry standards process from the initial project authorization through committee approval and final American National Standards Institute (ANSI) review. In 2006, she became the director of chapter support, providing resources, tools and support for over 70 chapters and 1,100 volunteers. In addition to cable, her prior work includes utility, manufacturing and broadcasting industry experience.

She earned her master’s in business administration from Pennsylvania State University and her bachelor’s in communications emphasis in broadcasting and public relations from Mansfield University. In 2020, she was recognized as a leader in the cable industry as a CableFax Honoree for Most Powerful Women in Cable.

Clarke Stevens, Principal Architect of Emerging Technologies, Shaw Communications
Clarke was most recently Principal Architect of emerging technologies at Rogers (and Shaw). In this role, he analyzed emerging technologies and worked with senior executives to develop product strategy. Prior to Shaw, Clarke spent over a decade at CableLabs analyzing and developing new technologies for the cable television industry. He is a public speaker and author on the Internet of Things (IoT). He serves as Technical Chair and a former board member of Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF), an international IoT standards organization. He has occasionally been a judge for the CES Innovation Awards. Clarke served on the board of directors of Universal Plug-n-Play Forum (UPnP), chaired the Technical Committee, and led the Internet of Things task force until UPnP was acquired by OCF. He has also chaired various task forces related to video and television in the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). He has developed key technologies for the delivery of IP video and other cable services through the web. In general, Clarke relishes developing connected services as they cross traditional product boundaries.

Over his career Clarke has worked in engineering, research, product management and strategy around digital media and communications at Rogers/Shaw, CableLabs, MediaOne, SonicBlue and Qwest. He built the world’s largest subwoofer and holds over twenty-five issued patents (and dozens not yet issued). In his spare time, he designs and builds IoT devices, home recording studios, theaters and other custom home improvements. He holds MSEE degrees from Brigham Young University and Georgia Tech and an MBA from the University of Colorado.

Steve Koenig, VP, Research, Consumer Technology Association

Steve Koenig is Vice President, Research at the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ North America’s largest technology trade association and the owner and producer of CES® – the most powerful tech event in the world.

Steve is a senior member of CTA’s research team, having served association for more than 20 years. Steve contributes all of CTA’s research activities including consumer research, technology forecasts, in-depth market intelligence, CTA’s partnership with Nasdaq to develop thematic indexes for ETFs on the global financial market. Steve frequently speaks and writes about technology trends and their impact on the global economy. His insight has been featured in outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today and many more.

Prior to joining CTA in 2004, Steve held analyst positions at NPD Group, Comscore, and was a senior editor at CMP Media’s former Computer Retail Week. He holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of North Texas and lives with his wife Lora in Fairfax, Virginia.

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