SCTE's Dzuban says its Energy 2020 initiative will help the cable industry save $1 billion

Mark Dzuban, president of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE), has set an ambitious goal with the organization's Energy 2020 initiative: reduce the cable industry's electrical power consumption by at least 25 percent by the year 2020. A particular focus of the Energy 2020 initiative is on finding ways to make the outside plant, which consumes 73-83 percent of energy, more energy efficient.  

What's driving the SCTE to help its member cable MSO companies get there is the fact that both residential and business consumption of high-speed services is increasing, and that means that cable's bandwidth needs are "rising 30-50 percent a year."

But energy savings is just one of Dzuban's top priorities for 2015. In the wake of the huge hack into Sony, the cable industry veteran said the SCTE is going to also focus on all aspects of cyber security, including firewalls and how to seek out potential threats. Check out Dzuban's insights in this new FierceCable hot seat interview.

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