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Broadband Experts To Discuss Big Online Trends At ACA’s 21st Annual Washington Summit

PITTSBURGH, March 21, 2014 - The American Cable Association today announced that three leaders in the fields of finance, business, and consumer protection will discuss the key issues at play in today's dynamic broadband market, including delivery of world-class broadband services and perpetuating rural America as a prosperous participant in the globally connected world of ideas and commerce.

The well-known and respected panelists joining hundreds of ACA Members at this year's Summit are:  

  • Gene Kimmelman, President and CEO of Public Knowledge in Washington, D.C.;
  • Craig Moffett, telecommunications analyst at MoffettNathanson in New York City; and
  • Steve Weed, CEO of Wave Broadband in Kirkland, Wash.

Moderating the panel will be veteran Philadelphia Inquirer media and communications reporter Bob Fernandez.

"Everyone in the independent cable community knows that broadband is our exciting future, and this panel of leaders and experts has the range, experience and knowledge to bring clarity to the many regulatory and business issues that confront not just ACA members as broadband access providers, but also the entire Internet ecosystem represented by Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Netflix" ACA President and CEO Matthew M. Polka said.

The ACA Summit will coincide with independent cable's efforts on a number of policy issues, including action to update retransmission consent, halt separately owned, same-market TV stations from colluding in the sale of retransmission consent, and ensure the ability of a buying group like the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) to avail itself of the pro-competitive program access rules, as well as much, much more.

This year's 21st annual ACA Summit will take place April 1-3 at the Grand Hyatt, 1000 H Street NW, Washington, D.C.  The ACA Summit is a unique forum that highlights the special role that independent cable operators play in providing world class communications services to consumers in hometown markets throughout the United States.

Previously, ACA announced that U.S. Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.), U.S. Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler are scheduled to speak April 2 at the ACA Summit on their ideas and outlook for U.S. communications policy in the coming years.  Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia will also speak to the assembled ACA audience on his company's efforts to champion new technology and give consumers more choices. 

ACA also announces that registration for the ACA Summit is now open for D.C. government relations professionals and partners and associates at law firms.  The one-day registration pass for April 2 will permit attendees to observe all keynote sessions and panels, including the Q&A with Chairman Wheeler.

The theme of this year's summit - Our Time Is NOW! - underscores the important legislative and regulatory goals ACA and its Members are pursuing on Capitol Hill and at the FCC.

Registration for ACA Members and D.C. Professionals; Call for Exhibitors and Sponsors:

The ACA Summit website includes event details and secure online registration for ACA members.  Separate registration to attend the Summit on Wednesday, April 2, for D.C. government relations professionals and law firm partners and associates is also available on the ACA Summit website.  Registration for the day pass includes breakfast and lunch, attendance at all keynote sessions and other panels, and exclusive exhibit hours.

ACA is currently seeking exhibitors and sponsors for the event.  Interested parties should contact Stacey Leech at sleech@americancable.org or 412.922.8300, ext. 15.

Please visit the ACA Summit 2014 website by clicking here:  ACA Summit.

About the American Cable Association: Based in Pittsburgh, the American Cable Association is a trade organization representing about 850 smaller and medium-sized, independent cable companies who provide broadband services for nearly 7 million cable subscribers primarily located in rural and smaller suburban markets across America.  Through active participation in the regulatory and legislative process in Washington, D.C., ACA's members work together to advance the interests of their customers and ensure the future competitiveness and viability of their business.  For more information, visit http://www.americancable.org/

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