- March 6-7: Cable 101 and Cable Math 1
- March 28: Vendor Day and Cable-Tec Games
- May 7: Iowa Heartland Safety Day
The Iowa SCTE Board has gotten off to an early start scheduling great in-person trainings for our members this year! Visit our landing page to see the complete list.
So far we've been able to nail down details on the following trainings:
The Board has also put together a schedule of other trainings for later in the year, including XGS-PON Deep Dive, Distributed Access, and Fiber Test and Inspection. We're also looking at other topics for virtual trainings and informational sessions.
Our first ever chapter Member Appreciation Day is being planned for September 10, 2024 at Pinseekers in Tiffin. We'll spend a couple of hours testing our golfing skills (or in my case, lack thereof) beginning at 3pm followed by dinner and multi-sports simulators. Mark your calendars, and watch your inbox for more information on this fun new event!
There are two standards being used in fiber deployments to provide 10 gigabit upload and download speeds on a shared fiber network. But what are the differences between 10G-EPON and XGS-PON? Kevin Noll with CableLabs breaks it down in this great article on the CableLabs website. It's a quick read and very enlightening.
Here's a friendly reminder to our chapter SCTE members that if you haven't already, please take a moment to renew your SCTE membership. All memberships are on a calendar year basis so unless you renew it may have ended on 12/31/23. SCTE membership opens a world of learning, networking, and training opportunities.
Reminder to Mediacom employees: Mediacom is a member of the CableLabs All Access Benefits Program, which means that you can join SCTE for FREE. What a bargain! Just reach out to your supervisor and ask for an application.
SCTE is currently taking reservations for our prestigious Leadership Institute Programs.
SCTE has secured approval as an NCTC supplier for the year 2024! Throughout the year, SCTE will participate in various NCTC events, and NCTC will have a presence at the annual SCTE Tec Expo taking place from September 24-26 in Atlanta, Georgia.
In partnership with NCTC, SCTE will conduct hands-on fiber optic training at the 2024 NCTC Winter Educational Conference (WEC) at the Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa on Wednesday, February 28. To reserve your spot in the training, register for WEC and choose the SCTE add-on. Additional details about the fiber training program are available here.
Throughout 2024, NCTC members can fully leverage SCTE offerings, with a 25% discount on SCTE memberships, SCTE online training courses, and SCTEprofessional certifications.
For further information regarding this collaboration and NCTC member discounts visit the NCTC supplier page. For additional questions please contact Steve Harris, Vice President of Global Market Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to the impending winter storm, the Iowa Heartland Board's annual planning meeting will be held online using Microsoft Teams and wil not be held at the Coralville Public Library.
The Iowa Heartland Board will hold their annual planning meeting on January 11, 2024 at 10am in Meeting Room B at the Coralville Public Library.
This is an important meeting where the Board elects officers for the year and also discusses a training schedule for the year. Any SCTE member is welcome to attend and participate in the planning process! If you are not on the Board but want to attend, please RSVP to Curtis Dean, email@example.com, by January 10th. Thanks!
Four SCTE members will become part of the Iowa Heartland Chapter Board of Directors on January 1, 2024.
In the annual Board elections that concluded in early December, the following new members were elected to their first three-year term:
The following Board members were re-elected to new three-year terms:
Thank you to our elected Board members and to everyone who was nominated for volunteering with our Chapter!
Mediacom Communications recently announced it has completed the transition of its West Des Moines network to the new 10G platform, which aims to achieve the symmetrical speeds of fiber on a cable network.
The 10G platform will allow Mediacom to scale from current speeds of 1 gigabit to 10 gigabits per second and beyond in the coming years, according to a press release. It will also close the bridge between download speeds and typically much slower upload speeds, which is used for video calling and streaming live video. In the affected areas, the company’s existing plans will get a boost in upload speeds without requiring any new infrastructure updates.
The next cities in Iowa to get 10G are Bertram, Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Fairfax, Hiawatha and Marion.
The Iowa Heartland Chapter wrapped up another busy year for technical trainings with our final training on December 6th and 7th. Attendance was good for our WiFi Fundamentals and Customer Expectations training, held on December 6th in Coralville and December 7th in Carroll.
We would like to extend a big THANK YOU to Western Iowa Networks, which hosted our latest training and has been a great host for the past several years. Also, the Coralville Public Library has become a regular stop on our training "tour", and we plan to be back at both locations in 2024.
Speaking of, do you have any ideas for trainings that would benefit you on the job? If so, we would love you to share your ideas with the Board during our planning meeting in January. Email Curtis Dean, firstname.lastname@example.org and thanks in advance for your suggestions!
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