PITTSBURGH, January 24, 2014 - ACA President and CEO Matthew M. Polka commended Colleen Abdoulah, Chairwoman of WOW! Internet, Cable and Phone, on her selection to the 2014 class of Cable TV Pioneers, a 48-year-old organization that honors cable industry veterans for their contributions to the industry's growth and success.
"Respected and innovative leaders like Colleen Abdoulah deserve every bit of recognition the cable industry has to offer as a way of showing appreciation for her entrepreneurial spirit, executive vision and unselfish commitment to the independent cable community," Polka said. "All of us at ACA congratulate Colleen on this great honor she so richly deserves."
Abdoulah became Chairwoman of the ACA Board in July 2011, and since that time she has testified on numerous occasions before Congress on the need for communications policy reforms that will combat media consolidation and discriminatory acts by dominant content providers against independent cable operators. The Cable TV Pioneers is a group steeped in the culture and history of the industry, and it represents where cable has been and where it is going as an industry.
Polka also commended the Cable TV Pioneers on the selection of these other ACA Members for inclusion in the Class of 2014: Chris Hilliard, USA Communications; Dick Sjoberg, Sjoberg's Inc.; and Dan Nofs, Helicon Cable Communications/Jet Broadband (retired). ACA Associate Members entering the Class of 2014 are Gary Ervin, Ervin Cable Construction; Zenita Henderson of Arris; and James Riley of Vubiquity.
Polka also praised Cable TV Pioneers for the induction of Frank Hughes of the National Cable Television Cooperative, the content- and equipment-buying cooperative used by hundreds of small and medium-sized cable operators.
"Frank Hughes is worthy of this fine recognition because so many have benefited from his sound judgment and tireless support for the independent cable operator over many, many years," Polka said.
Founded in 1966, the Cable TV Pioneers is an independent organization of individuals recognized and honored for their contributions to the cable television industry. To be chosen, Pioneers must serve 20 years in the cable industry and must make significant and meaningful contributions to the industry.
The Cable TV Pioneers will induct 18 new members at its upcoming Banquet to be held on Monday evening, April 28, 2014, the night before the 2014 Cable Show in Los Angeles.
"This year, we had great applicants and had to make tough decisions. The one thing that becomes more evident each year is the extensive pool of candidates who have and continue to make significant contributions to our industry and their communities," Cable TV Pioneer Chairwoman Susan Bitter Smith said in a statement.
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