CableLabs’ Phil McKinney to keynote FITCon Florida

Phil McKinney - FITCon

Florida Internet & Television, the chief industry association for telecom providers in Florida, announced Wednesday that CableLabs head Phil McKinney will deliver the keynote address at its 2018 Florida Internet & Television Conference.

At CableLabs, McKinney spearheads research focused on developing new technologies and specifications for the secure delivery of high-speed data, video, voice and next generation services.

In addition to his work at the industry leading innovation engine, McKinney is the author of Beyond the Obvious: Killer Questions That Spark Game-Changing Innovation, which gives a window into his and his lab’s rule-breaking approach to telecom innovation. McKinney also hosts a nationally-syndicated radio show, Killer Innovations.

FIT said McKinney’s keynote will focus on innovations coming in the near future in the fields of cybersecurity, robotics, AI and the cloud, and what impact those developments will have to both business and personal lives.

The 2018 edition of FITCon Florida will be held Nov. 15-16 in Orlando.

Slated for the internet and television conference five panels, all moderated by Florida legislators, covering issues such as meeting workforce challenges, connected cities, multi-platform content, telemedicine, and enhancing diversity and inclusion in the industry.

Two of those panels will be moderated by two of the state Legislature’s most outspoken technophiles: St. Petersburg Sen. Jeff Brandes and Tampa Rep. James Grant. Also on tap to attend are Reps. Mike La RosaTom Leek and Jason Fischer.

Also featured on the event agenda is Charter Communications regional VP Adam Ray, whose Q&A session will immediate follow McKinney’s keynote on the first day of the event.

Registration for the two-day conference is open through Nov. 9.

Florida Internet & Television describes FITCon Florida, launched in 2017, as “the Sunshine State’s premier conference for the internet and television industry, designed to facilitate leading policy and industry discussions for the ever-evolving market, technology and regulatory landscapes.”

Drew Wilson

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for Florida Politics. He is a former editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and business correspondent at The Hollywood Reporter. Wilson, a University of Florida alumnus, covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools and The Florida Current prior to joining Florida Politics.


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