A veteran cable executive who helped develop technology that facilitated the expansion of the cable industry has died, Multichannel News reports.
Robert Bilodeau, the former president of the Society of Cable Television Engineers (SCTE), died Dec. 22 in Nantucket, Mass., at 78, the story reports.
Bilodeau, who studied electrical engineering and received a degree from the University of Massachusetts, began his career running his family’s upstart cable system, Tele-Cable in North Adams, Mass. He later joined Jerrold Electronics, where he was instrumental in developing technologies that helped the cable television industry grow and flourish.
He ran a number of cable systems, including Suburban Cablevision in New Jersey, which was knowwn for being technologically advanced in its day.
He was a charter member of SCTE, and from 1973-1979 was the organization’s president. In 2004, he was made a member of the SCTE Hall of Fame.