Our Staff

We combine years of industry knowledge, with constant & consistent learning of new techniques & products. Technology Planners is available to support you from plant design & troubleshooting, all the way to contract negotiation.  A one stop shop for all stages of video delivery.

Robert Schaeffer


Founder and Senior Technologist


  • Chief Consultant for Optical, Digital, and RF Systems.
  • Heads Design Teams
  • Researches and Applies New Technologies
  • Directs the Economic Growth of TP

Summary Statement from Robert:

I have spent most of my career advancing and building communications systems and networks. They have been copper, coaxial, optical, digital, and RF. I have been doing these things since 1973. In that time I have been an educator, technician, business leader, and sometimes inventor. I have especially enjoyed being one of the first users of many new technologies. I have sat on the technical advisor board at Cable Labs, been on the national board of the SCTE, spent time at Bell Labs, and worked closely with many manufacturers. That exposure and experience has made me keenly aware not only of technologies, but of people’s uses for them. I have observed that sometimes the most advanced systems have missed their intended purpose. I have learned to listen first, and start designing second. My designs must answer problems, not add to complexity. They must serve useful purposes for customers, and that is a balance between cost, service, maintenance, and useful delivery. I feel I am well recognized in my industry for those concepts.

Heath Ruetten


Broadband Technologist


Heath is the Broadband Technologist for Technology Planners. His responsibilities include plant drafting, head end installations, computer administration and general technical maintenance.

As TP’s in-house AutoCAD designer, it is Heath’s job to procure digital base maps for clients, draw background strand routes, design all manner of cable types including Fiber systems, and design Headends. Heath delivers finished paper and electronic maps to clients in a timely and cost-effective manner. Heath is also called upon for physical walk outs.

Heath graduated from Omro High School (1988) and has a BS in Cartography from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh (1994). Heath is a member of The Society of Cable Television Engineers.