Atlanta chapter of the IEEE Communications Society


TITLE: “More Bandwidth, Please”

SPEAKER: Mr. Mike Cooper, Strategic Architect with Cox Communications

DATE and TIME: Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 at 11:30 AM to 1 PM.  Lunch will be catered by Georgia Tech catering. Lunch will be served starting at 11:30 AM. Mr. Cooper’s presentation will begin at 12 PM.

PARKING: A map to the Georgia Tech Student Center and parking can be found here: We will be using the Area 3 visitor’s lot which is adjacent to Area 2 and further west along Ferst Drive. We can provide parking vouchers for Area 3 and we strongly encourage RSVP-ers to let us know if they will need one. We can’t provide parking vouchers for Area 2.

RSVP: Please RSVP by Thursday, October 19th, 2017 to and if you plan to attend so we have an accurate count for lunch. Be sure to also let us know if you will require a parking voucher.

LOCATION: Room 319, Georgia Tech Student Center, 350 Ferst Drive, NW, Atlanta, GA 30332. When entering the Georgia Tech Student Center on the second level from the parking area the stairs going up to the third level will be immediately in front of you. Take the stairs to the third level.

ABSTRACT: The telecommunications industry has seen an overwhelming amount of change in the last 25 years as the internet has become a dominant part of our everyday lives redefining how we work, play, shop, communicate, exercise, travel, educate, and so much more.  Who would have thought in 1998 when Nielsen first proposed his Law of Internet bandwidth growth at 50% per year, we would still be closely tracking that number 20 years later, yet here we stand.  Further, growing networks to meet capacity demands with 50% CAGRs while not simultaneously exploding costs creates an unbelievable challenge for a business.  This presentation will survey the current state of the cable industry and its challenge to continue to economically meet the insatiable demand for bandwidth.  Topics will include the historical evolution to current HFC architectures, cost effective options to continue to grow network capacity, and likely roadmaps to evolve to next generation architectures.

BIOGRAPHY: Mr. Mike Cooper is a Strategic Architect with Cox Communications and is focused on defining next generation architectures for their Access Networks.  Mr. Cooper initially joined the cable industry in the mid 1990’s when it was just beginning its transition from a video focused industry to the triple play of voice, data, and video.  Mr. Cooper’s experience has encompassed a broad array of roles from product design and development, research, and more recently, to forecasting and network architecture roadmap planning.  Mr. Cooper’s primary technical skills have encompassed the lower layers of the network stack with a focus on physical and mac layer performance and network optimization.  Mr. Cooper holds over 20 US patents and has published 12 industry papers.  Prior to moving into the telecommunications industry, Mr. Cooper spent 10 years with the Georgia Tech Research Institute working in the areas of signal processing and embedded systems within the Defense Industry.


David Lips, Chair

Reggie Ratcliff, Treasurer

Jim Worsham, Secretary


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