Meet these innovators who were instrumental to the advancement of broadband technology.
Over the years, this team has committed itself to advancing the technical, economic and social transformations enabled by broadband. Collectively, they have achieved the development and deployment of commercial class cable modems providing broadband access to educational institutions at all levels, the federal government, industries, and hospitals. Additionally, their contribution to consumer-class DOCSIS (Data over Cable Service Interface Specification) cable modems has enabled the cable industry to deploy a broadband infrastructure that today is the marketplace leader.
They continue to lead next generation solutions and standards for thousands of services over broadband infrastructure to connect not only cities, institutions and governments, but also 4 billion unserved and underserved people worldwide. To reach these objectives, these pioneers continue to be leaders in seeking out new and innovative technologies such as the utilization of TV White Spaces, the unused wireless spectrum.
Much of their ongoing commitment to improving lives through access to affordable, ubiquitous broadband connections is carried out through their contributions to the research, expertise, and policy tools of the UNH Broadband Center of Excellence.
Mr. Borden has more than 40 years of experience in the broadband field, especially DOCSIS, in the areas of engineering, marketing, operations, and education.
Les Borden has more than 40 years of experience in the broadband field, especially DOCSIS, in the areas of engineering, marketing, operations, and education.
He has experience in networking applications and protocols with specific emphasis on DOCSIS, the standard for data over cable TV systems.
Mr. Borden also has extensive experience with personal computers, spreadsheets, graphics applications, content converters, and project management systems, used to both produce and guide other technical communicators in producing best in class customer training and technical product documentation for the broadband industry.
He also has experience in planning and implementing product presentations for trade shows and customer demonstrations including organizing and providing guidance to technical support personnel to present leading-edge, broadband data communications products.
In addition, Borden is able to install, configure, test, troubleshoot, maintain and teach CMTSs, EQAMs, and DOCSIS.
Mr. Grobicki is currently an Executive Consultant for the UNH Broadband Center of Excellence, with 40 years of experience in the high technology industry.
Chris Grobicki - Executive Consultant
Chris Grobicki is currently an Executive Consultant for the UNH Broadband Center of Excellence, with 40 years of experience in the high technology industry. He has held engineering, program management and executive leadership positions on computer and broadband communication product developments and was one of the early pioneers of cable modem and DOCSIS technology for which he is named on multiple patents. Chris was an Executive Consultant with YAS Broadband Ventures working internationally for companies ranging in size from early stage to well established on technology products and services. Before that he was an early member of Broadband Access Systems (BAS) where he formed the group responsible for the development of the RF technology in a carrier-class Cable Modem Termination System. After acquisition by ADC he was promoted to Vice President of Engineering for all broadband communication products.
In the early 1990s Chris joined LANcity, a pioneer in cable modem technology, as Vice President of Engineering. LANcity developed and deployed cable modem products worldwide, and was one of the primary authors of the original DOCSIS standardized cable modem specifications. Bay Networks (which was subsequently acquired by Nortel Networks) acquired LANcity in 1996 and Chris spent several years travelling around the world evangelizing broadband cable modems before he joined BAS.
Chris received a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee and did work towards a graduate degree at MIT while working at Raytheon. He is named on multiple patents for development work he has accomplished over the years including cable modem technology.
Mr. Nikolich is an Executive Consultant for the Broadband Center of Excellence, focused on identifying technology and standards to further BCoE’s mission.
Paul Nikolich - Executive Consultant/Investor
Mr. Nikolich is an Executive Consultant for the Broadband Center of Excellence, focused on identifying technology and standards to further BCoE’s mission. Paul holds several patents, serves as a director and advisor for technology companies developing emerging data communications related products and services. He is an IEEE Fellow and holds several senior IEEE leadership positions while serving as Chairman of the IEEE 802 LAN/MAN Standards Committee since 2001.
He joined YAS Broadband Ventures, LLC in 2002 as a partner and continues to serve as their Chief Strategy Officer. In 1998 he co-founded Broadband Access Systems, Inc. where he was Vice President of Technology and Standards. The Broadband Access Systems team invented carrier-class Cable Modem Termination Systems. Earlier Paul helped LANcity develop their first generation Cable Modems. Paul has held technical positions of increasing responsibility at multiple communications & medical imaging technology companies including Motorola, Analogic, Racal Datacom and Sarnoff Digital Communications.
Paul received a BS in Electrical Engineering & Biology and a M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, N.Y (now the NYU Tandon School of Engineering)
Mr. Schwartz is principal of Michael M. Schwartz, LLC, a communications consultancy focused on the broadband marketplace.
Michael Schwartz - Michael M. Schwartz, LLC
Michael M. Schwartz, LLC, is a communications consultancy focused on the broadband marketplace. This firm provides communications related advice and guidance to entities seeking to enter the broadband industry or to improve their profile in the sector.
He also is Communications Advisor to the University of New Hampshire’s Broadband Center of Excellence. Prior to consulting on broadband matters, Schwartz was a communications executive with Cable Television Laboratories, Inc. — the cable industry’s R&D consortium — for 22 years, leaving as senior vice president of Communications.
Previously he worked as a journalist for Warren Communications News in Washington, D.C.; The Northern Virginia Sun, Arlington, VA; and The Bloomsburg (PA) Morning Press. He holds a B.A. degree in journalism from The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA.
Liz Weeks has 3 decades of experience with program management in the computer industry, Cable Industry Standards and marketing.
Liz Weeks, Program Management & Marketing
Liz Weeks has more than 4 decades of experience with program management in the computer industry, Cable Industry Standards and marketing.
After earning an AA in Advertising from the Advertising Arts College, Liz worked for a number of companies in-house, representing a wide variety of products from one of the first fully-animated multimedia computer games to a novel spectroscopy device capable of identifying the entire spectrum in a single measurement.
A “temporary” position at CableLabs turned into a decade of working closely with Rouzbeh and YAS Broadband Ventures on projects from the Data Over Cable Systems Interface Specifications (DOCSIS) and managing CableHome while at CableLabs, to document control for a whole-home set top box for a major cable company.
Liz saw her role within the YAS team as a grounding force, putting great ideas into “average Joe” terms and occasionally throwing a lasso out to make sure that projects had a simple focus.