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SCTE Hits Rocky Mountain High

Alan Breznick

Well, as much we hate to put it this way, the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) is definitely enjoying something of a Rocky Mountain High these days. With the final registration numbers now in, SCTE's Cable-Tec Expo show in Denver last week drew slightly more than last year's confab in San Antonio. Some 10,100 attendees streamed into the Colorado Convention Center, up about 1 percent from the 10,000 engineering types who schlepped to steamy, sweaty San Antonio last June. Expo 2006 also attracted more exhibitors on the sold-out floor than last year's event, as the number of booths edged up 2.5% to 394. In addition, 73 companies mounted exhibits for the first time this year, up from 69 newcomers in 2005. It's almost enough to make a fella want to break out in a rendition of John Denver's greatest hit. But not quite. Besides, the SCTE show planning committee took care of that temptation by having a folk group lustily perform "Rocky Mountain High" before the opening general session started on Wednesday morning. The little song-and-dance show also featured a Buffalo Bill impersonator and saloon hall-like dancing girls. As Multichannel News' Karen Brown noted later that day, "there are some things that should be illegal at 8:30 in the morning." Maybe it's just the thin air. By the way, next year's Cable-Tec Expo will be held in steamy, sweaty Orlando in late June. SCTE says more than 80% of the floor space has already been sold.

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