Let’s Celebrate 50 Years of Cable Technology and Innovation.

Bravo! Your Society’s 50th anniversary is especially celebrative. Hip, hip, hooray! This milestone signifies a splendid, half-century heritage and, moreover, ushers in what promises to be an even more remarkable 50 years for the industry and its technical professionals. Applause!

SCTE•ISBE Mission and History

Knowledge sharing. Thought leadership. Workforce expertise. Each is a hallmark of SCTE•ISBE’s history, and each forms the framework for SCTE•ISBE’s future. Through training, certification, standards, and innovation, the Society accelerates deployment of technology to drive business results for the betterment of the industry. A Society cornerstone is 36-year-old Cable-Tec Expo®, the largest cable telecommunications technology event in the Americas.

50 Years of Accelerating the Deployment of Technology

  • 1969

    1969 - Society of Cable Television Engineers created

    First meeting held in the San Francisco Hilton Hotel on June 22, 1969 during NCTA convention.

  • 1970

    1970 - First attempt at establishing local SCTE Chapter program

    Chairmen of regional chapters had been selected at Society’s first meeting in 1969. Chapters were established in California, New York-New Jersey (Central Atlantic), North Central in Chicago, and the first Chapter outside of the U.S., in British Columbia, Canada.

  • 1976

    1976 - First Annual Conference on CATV Reliability in Philadelphia, PA

    The event was co-sponsored by SCTE and the Broadcast, Cable, and Consumer Electronics Society of IEEE.

  • 1977

    1977 - Opening of first full-time headquarters office and hiring of paid staff

    Judith Baer becomes Society’s first full-time chief executive staff officer: Executive Director (later becomes Executive Vice President).

  • 1978

    1978 - November 1978 Interval is SCTE’s first Annual Membership Issue

    Later becomes standalone Membership Directory and Yearbook.

  • 1979
  • 1979

    1979 - SCTE starts accepting Visa and MasterCharge cards

    For payment of membership dues, publications and conference registration.

  • 1980's
  • 1981

    1981 - Initial requirements for SCTE Voluntary Professional Cable Television Engineer Designation Program defined

    Use of “Professional Cable Television Engineer” terminology runs into problems with state licensing boards for professional engineers, so program must be refined and renamed. This effort establishes framework for Broadband Communications Technician/Engineer (BCT/E) program.

  • 1982
  • 1985

    1985 - Technical Tuition Assistance Program authorized by Board of Directors

    Initially funded by matching donations from Rex Porter and National Cable Television Institute.

  • 1985

    1985 - BCT/E program officially introduced at Cable-Tec Expo ’85

    First exam was Category IV “Distribution Systems.”

  • 1990

    1990 - First Vendors’ Day-type event held in Atlanta, Georgia

    December 4th, featuring technical seminars in the morning and vendors’ tabletop exhibits in the afternoon. Sponsored by SCTE’s Chattahoochee Chapter. Steve Allen organizes “Vendors’ Appreciation Day” the following year in California, the predecessor to Vendors’ Day events that are now held in several locations around the country each year.

  • 1993

    1993 - First Polaris Award recipient: Tom Staniec

    Award sponsored by CED magazine and Corning

  • 1995

    1995 - First Women in Technology award recipient: Pam Arment

    Award sponsored by Communications Technology magazine

  • 1996

    1996 - First Milton Jerrold Shapp Scholarship recipient: Joshua Butters

    Scholarship funded by then-General Instrument (later Motorola), and administered by SCTE

  • 1996

    1996 - F Port (Female Outdoor) Physical Dimensions becomes SCTE’s first ANSI standard

    DVS 031, Digital Video Transmissions Standard for Cable Television becomes SCTE’s first ITU international standard

  • 2000's
  • 2001

    2001 - First Innovation in Deployment of Emerging Applications (IDEA) award recipient: Randy Goehler of Cox Communications

    Award sponsored by CED magazine, Lucent Technologies, and Multichannel News’ Inside Broadband

  • 2001

    2001 - First Broadband Knowledge Summit held in Denver, Colorado

    Co-presented by SCTE and National Cable Television Institute

  • 2003

    2003 - SCTE approved its 100th cable telecommunications standard in early 2003

    An effort conducted in conjunction with CableLabs®, the standard’s name was SCTE Applications Platform Part 1: OCAP 1.0 Profile

  • 2010's
  • 2013
  • 2013

    2013 - Catherine Oakes Memorial Leadership Scholarship for Women created in honor of the senior vice president, operations for SCTE·ISBE who passed away unexpectedly in 2013

    First scholarship recipient, in 2014, was Jeanie Warfield, product manager, video solutions for Time Warner Cable Business Class

Accelerate the Deployment of Technology to the Advantage of Our Industry.
Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers® (SCTE)
International Society of Broadband Experts® (ISBE)
140 Philips Road, Exton, PA 19341
scte.org • isbe.org
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