US cable pioneer Gene Schneider has passed away at age 82 in Denver, Colorado. In Europe, Schneider is best known as the founder of United Pan-Europe Communications International.
Schneider was involved in the creation of Bill Daniels’ first cable system in Casper, WY along with his brother Richard. He expanded this single cable system into the 8th largest cable company across the US by the 1980s.
Upon merging this company with United Artists Cable, Gene Schneider created an international cable company, United Global, Inc., which was bought by Liberty Global, Inc. in 2004. He served as Founder, CEO, and Chairman of United until it was sold, and through 2008, remained on the Board of Liberty Global.
A memorial service is planned for Friday morning at 10 am at the CableCenter in Denver.