Reed joins CU-Boulder, launches research center on broadband technology and policy

ReedDavid Reed, a former CableLabs executive, has joined the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program (ITP) at the University of Colorado Boulder as a scholar in residence. Besides teaching and conducting research with graduate students in ITP’s master’s and Ph.D. programs, Reed will lead the development of a new research center to investigate the future of the newly forming broadband industry.

Broadband Internet technology is driving the emergence of gigabit networks carrying a vast number of applications and services that can be personalized to fit the interests and needs of individual users.

“David’s past experience in managing large R&D projects that helped the cable industry transition to broadband is a perfect fit for developing a new research center in ITP focused on broadband technology and policy research,” said ITP Director Douglas Sicker.

Reed comes to the university after spending almost 20 years as chief technology officer and chief strategy officer at CableLabs, a research consortium of cable television companies.

“Broadband players will continue to transition network architectures and software platforms to adapt to disruptive technologies, which will force new market strategies,” Reed said. “An interdisciplinary center strategically focused on researching the evolution of broadband in close partnership with industry principals will play a valuable role in understanding the direction of change.”

The vision for the center will be to help shape broadband evolution through strategic research that informs technology leaders, strategic planners and policymakers with clear, concise answers to complex, interdisciplinary problems.

The center also will provide opportunities for ITP graduate students to learn about and solve problems in the broadband arena, providing students with a skill set that will be highly desirable to potential employers in the high-tech, broadband sector. Established in 1971, the graduate-level Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program is a highly integrated and comprehensive program combining technology, policy and business, along with a lab-rich learning environment. It was the first program of its kind, and it continues to lead in cutting-edge education and applied research.

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