Washington, DC –
Top-notch presentations running the gamut from IP telephony, to home networking, to high definition and on-demand video applications, will keep this year’s National Show strongly focused on the “digital revolution.” More than 30 speakers, representing some of the industry’s leading technologist’s, will present highlights of their technical papers in seven sessions during this year’s show.

The National Show, the 52nd Annual Convention and International Exposition of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) is scheduled for June 8 – 11, 2003, in Chicago, Illinois. This year’s theme is “Leading the Digital Revolution.”

Technical Session topics at this year’s show, and the leading cable engineers who will moderate them, include:
  • Packet Up… I’ll Take It: Managing Tomorrow’s IP Traffic
    Moderator: Dan Pike, Classic Communications

  • Consumption Junction: What’s Your Function?
    Moderator: Jim Farmer, Wave 7 Optics

  • Whole-Home Networking: A House No Longer Divided
    Moderator: John Lappington, Broadcom

  • Don’t Be Long, The Meter’s Running: New Tools for Tiering
    Moderator: Doug Semon, AOL Time Warner

  • Cable and Consumer Electronics… A Vegas Wedding?
    Moderator: William Check, NCTA

  • Flexible Network Design: Realizing Path Potential
    Moderator: Nick Hamilton-Piercy, Rogers Cable

  • Subscribers On-Demand: Delivering What They Want, When They Want It
    Moderator: Dom Stasi, TVN
“This year’s National Show technical program continues the 44-year tradition of exploring with cable’s engineering leadership, the latest in technology and services that will drive our industry’s success in an increasingly competitive landscape,” said Dan Pike, Chief Technology Officer of Classic Cable, and Chairman of the 2003 Selection Committee.

The NCTA Technical Papers™

A by-product of the technical sessions is the publication of The NCTA Technical Papers™, an extensive collection of published works by the industry’s most distinguished technical authors, as selected through a rigorous peer-review process. The 2003 edition provides cable technologists the opportunity to express new engineering concepts and the science behind them, while preserving their papers in print as a valuable resource for the engineering community. This year saw a record number of submissions.

“The NCTA Technical Papers™ represents ‘the best of the best’ in cable technology and serves as the industry's principal journal of technical ideas and accomplishments. The technical sessions are an accurate barometer for those charting the advances in cable technology – the ideas that will guide the cable industry for years to come," said Dom Stasi, Chief Technology Officer, TVN Entertainment, and a member of the industry peer review committee that selected papers for publication.

Convention attendees may purchase the 2003 NCTA Technical Papers™ in book or CD-ROM format at the show price of $50.00; after the show, the books and CD-ROMs will cost $75. For more information, and to order the 2003 NCTA Technical Papers™ (or previous volumes in the series), call the NCTA Science and Technology Department at 202-775-3637 or purchase on-line at the retail store at www.thenationalshow.com.

Additional, up-to-the-minute information for The National Show, including convention schedule and registration materials, is available via the official web site (www.thenationalshow.com); or from the NCTA’s Department of Industry Affairs (202/775-3669).

NCTA is the principal trade association of the cable television industry in the United States. NCTA represents cable operators serving more than 90 percent of the nation's cable television households and more than 200 cable program networks, as well as equipment suppliers and providers of other services to the cable industry.