2008 CABLE SHOW: Comcast's Craddock Set To Retire

After 14 years at Comcast, senior vice president of new technology Steve Craddock—who led the development of the operator’s earliest high-speed cable modem services—will hang up his spikes on June 30.

Craddock, in an e-mail, said he’ll stay involved with the industry but will turn his attention to working “on my growing ‘bucket list.’”

He joined Comcast on June 30, 1994. “Things have really changed since those days, and it’s been fun being part of making those changes happen,” he said in the e-mail.

Comcast chief technology officer Tony Werner said in a statement about Craddock's departure, “Steve has been an industry leader, and it has been a pleasure to have him on our team.”

Comcast is now poised to broaden its rollout of “wideband” DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem services, targeting the service to be available in 20% of its systems by year-end. The operator in April began offering wideband service, advertised with 50-Megabit-per-second download speeds, in Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Craddock held the title of senior VP new media development for most of his time at Comcast, responsible for development of new interactive and multimedia technologies and services. He was also Comcast's representative to CableLabs for industry initiatives including DOCSIS and PacketCable.

Before he joined Comcast, Craddock was vice president for broadband network ventures for Bell Atlantic, where he worked for 20 years in various engineering, operations, marketing, strategic planning and executive positions.