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JR Walden began his career working for the US Department of Defense in military research where he was introduced to mainframes, supercomputers and the Internet. He spent two years working on missile guidance technology and three additional years on fuse concept development and 3D imaging technology. Later, while working for defense contractors Comarco and Science Application International Corporation, he became involved with and ultimately managed an early municipal dial-up Internet business. He then began working with Mediacom and founded their Internet business with his first broadband deployment in early 1997. He was promoted to Senior Vice President of Technology in 2008 and named CTO in 2015. JR currently runs technology and engineering for Mediacom, including video, Internet, phone and enterprise products. He is the 2002 recipient of Mediacom's Chairman's Award, Multichannel News 40 under Forty for 2010 and the 2016 recipient of the NCTA Vanguard award for Science and Technology.