SCTE expands engineering committee

DetailsMichelle Clancy | 06 March 2015

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) has expanded its Engineering Committee and has also announced reaccreditation under new SCTE standards operating procedures, by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

The Engineering Committee, under the new leadership of Bill Warga, vice president of technology and a member of the chief architecture group for Liberty Global, has been expanded to 15 members, including for the first time, the chairs of each of the five standards subcommittees: data; digital video; interface practices; network operations; and energy management, which develops standards that are aligned with the SCTE Energy 2020 programme.

Independent third-party accreditation by ANSI has demonstrated that the SCTE Standards Programme meets the stringent quality requirements for standards development organisations. A key component of the reaccreditation is inclusion of a ballot cycle that has been halved to two weeks from four to accommodate the fast pace of cable telecommunications technology development.

"These two developments together bring tremendous value to our industry," said Dean Stoneback, senior director, engineering for SCTE and its global brand, the International Society of Broadband Experts (ISBE). "By expanding the number of individuals and companies involved in the prioritisation of standards work and by shortening the approval time, we're able to accelerate availability of standards that best answer the global needs of the cable industry."