Suddenlink Celebrates 10 Years

Today, Suddenlink is celebrating its tenth year in business. Our origins can be traced to Feb. 12, 2003, when our management team assumed responsibility for Classic Communications, a small cable operator serving approximately 300,000 customers in mainly rural communities. The company more than quadrupled in size in 2006, with the acquisitions of Cox cable systems serving approximately 900,000 customers and Charter cable systems serving approximately 240,000 customers.  Around the same time, the name Suddenlink was introduced.

Way back in 2003, Classic offered Internet service (with a top download speed of 1.5 Megabits per second) in only half of its cable systems – and offered phone service in none. A decade later, Suddenlink offers high-speed Internet service in all communities, with download speeds up to 107 Megabits per second in many areas; phone service to substantially all customers; wireless home networking; a robust line up of high-definition TV channels; TV Caller ID; a video on demand library with more than 10,000 titles; an online video service known as Suddenlink2GO; home security; and a suite of commercial services, including advertising and carrier services.

“Through the hard work of our team, an unrelenting focus on customer care, plus transformative acquisitions, billions of dollars in financings and capital investments, we turned a small company into the nation’s seventh largest cable operator with financial and operating results that are among the very best in the industry,” said Kent.

Mary Meduski Named WICT Board Chair

Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) has announced its 2013 Board of Directors. Mary Meduski, Suddenlink executive vice president and chief financial officer, was elected to serve a two-year term as board chair.  She served as vice chair in 2012 and as treasurer in 2009 and 2010.

With nearly 10,000 members, WICT is the oldest and largest professional association serving women in the cable and telecommunications industry.

Suddenlink Execs Honored by Industry Magazine

Suddenlink Chairman and CEO Jerry Kent (left) and Chief Technology Officer Terry Cordova shared the 2012 Person of the Year honor presented by Communications, Engineering and Design (CED) magazine, an industry trade publication.

“The way business and operations worked to complement each other so fruitfully is why this year’s CED Person of the Year is actually two people,” wroteCED Editor-in-Chief Brian Santo. “Together, these two men led the modernization of an agglomeration of cable systems … into a far more efficient, largely unified network.”

Suddenlink’s Lanham Honored as Tech Pacesetter

Suddenlink Vice President of Technical Operations Rodney Lanham was one of six engineers who received a Pacesetter Award from industry trade publication CED Magazine. The award recognizes engineers who have deployed new and innovative cable technologies.

Suddenlink’s Andy Parrott Wins Industry Award

Suddenlink Corporate Vice President of Technical Operations Andy Parrot was recently honored by the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) with its Excellence in Cable Telecommunications Learning and Development Award. The award recognized Andy’s work to promote tools, training, and SCTE certification to help Suddenlink improve customer satisfaction ratings.

In June 2008, Suddenlink launched Careerlink, a training and development program for the company’s technical operations staff. As a result, Suddenlink became the first major cable operator to have 100 percent of its broadband technicians with the company for at least 90 days earn one or more professional certifications from SCTE.

Andy (center), shown with colleagues, received the award at a SCTE Leadership Conference luncheon last Tuesday in Henderson, Nev.

SCTE is a non-profit professional association that provides technical leadership for the telecommunications industry and serves its members through professional development, standards, certification and information.

Suddenlink CEO Earns Industry’s Top Honor

Suddenlink Chairman and CEO Jerry Kent will be one of the 2012 recipients of the cable industry’s top honor, the Vanguard Award for “Distinguished Leadership.” Presented by the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), the award recognizes individuals “who excel in both business and personal commitment to their colleagues, and whose accomplishments merit the recognition of the entire cable industry.”

Winners will be honored May 23 at a luncheon and awards ceremony during NCTA’s trade show in Boston.

Suddenlink CFO Earns ‘Wonder Women’ Honor

Suddenlink Chief Financial Officer Mary Meduski was named to the 2012 class of “Wonder Women” cable executives by trade publication Multichannel News. She was one of 12 “dynamic, decision-making executives” chosen by the magazine’s editors based on nominations they received. The group will be honored at a luncheon in New York City on March 13.

This is the 14th class of “Wonder Women.” Suddenlink Chief Programming Officer Patty McCaskill was a member of the 2009 class.

Suddenlink CEO Honored by Trade Magazine

Suddenlink chairman and CEO Jerry Kent was named 2011 Executive of the Year (subscription required) by industry trade publication Multichannel News. In chronicling Kent’s 30-year career in the industry and Suddenlink’s rise to the seventh-largest cable operator in the country, the magazine noted: “Kent has forged and maintained strong relationships with other companies and executives in the industry, grown the business and maintained a stellar reputation in the cable community.”

Suddenlink CTO Enters SCTE Hall of Fame

Suddenlink Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Terry Cordova, second from left, was inducted into the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) Hall of Fame during a ceremony held at last week’s SCTE Cable-Tec Expo. Cordova served as the Expo’s program committee chairman. According to the SCTE:

“Over the years, Terry has continually supported SCTE in many ways, including allowing technical staff in Suddenlink’s systems to participate in all SCTE activities – regional seminars, the Cable-Tec Expo and local chapter meetings. His greatest contributions to SCTE came while he served two separate terms on the SCTE board of directors. He’s also been instrumental in promoting SCTE’s professional development mission.”

Earlier this year, Cordova was named to the 2011 class of Cable TV Pioneers by The Cable Center, the nonprofit educational arm of the cable industry.

SCTE is a non-profit professional association that provides technical leadership for the telecommunications industry and serves its members through professional development, standards, certification and information.

WICT Chapter Honors Suddenlink’s Dave Gilles

The Greater Texas Chapter of Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) recently recognized cable industry leaders at the 2011 Lone Star Awards. Among the 2011 honorees was Senior Vice President of Suddenlink Regional Operations Dave Gilles, who received the North Star Advocate Award. The North Star Award is presented to a man or woman with a track record of devoting time and resources to the personal and professional development of others within the cable telecommunications industry.