In a surprise announcement, the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers said Friday that it will move its annual convention from New Orleans to Atlanta in October.
SCTE didn't just change the location of its biggest annual event. It is also delaying the convention, which was scheduled to run Sept. 18 through 20. The confab will now kick off at Atlanta's Georgia World Congress Center on Oct. 21 and close on Oct. 24.
The association attributed the decision to move the convention to the timing of the IBC technology convention in Amsterdam, which opens on Sept. 12. "SCTE Cable-Tec Expo and the IBC conference and exposition in Amsterdam are the two must-attend fall events for cable executives," SCTE CEO Mark Dzuban said in a prepared statement. "Rather than force participants and attendees to divide their focuses between two events and two continents, we've taken a flexible approach that puts the needs of the industry first," he added.
The move comes less than one month after SCTE announced the cancelation of its Canadian Summit, which was supposed to take place in March. SCTE officials declined to comment when asked if it would have to pay cancellation fees to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans for moving the show.
SCTE said Friday that Cox Communications SVP and CTO Kevin Hart will serve as program committee chairman for the Cable-Tec Expo. Cox will likely send more engineers to the convention than any other cable company, as the MSO is headquartered in Atlanta.
SCTE drew about 9,200 attendees to its 2012 convention, which was held in Orlando. About 10,000 attendees registered for the 2011 convention in Atlanta.
The switch from New Orleans also comes about one month after former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin--who ran Cox's New Orleans system before he was elected mayor--was indicted on corruption charges.
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