Multichannel News – October 24, 2018
ATLANTA – Setting the table for a Cable-Tec Expo panel discussion on the state of the cable industry’s Reference Design Kit (RDK) open source software initiate five years after launch, moderator Leslie Ellis noted a few fast facts about the year 2013.
The term “selfie” hit the Zeitgeist that year. Edward Snowden disclosed secret CIA documents.
It was at that point that former Comcast executive Steve Heeb, president and general manager of RDK Management, and the man who has overseen the joint initiative since it was kicked off by Comcast, Liberty Global and the erstwhile Time Warner Cable, put his own thoughts into Ellis’ exercise in in time perspective.
“Five years ago, if you said you were going to put an application layer on top of broadband, they would have told you to leave the room,” Heeb said.
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