PITTSBURGH, June 19, 2015 - American Cable Association President and CEO Matthew M. Polka issued the following statement regarding the passing of Comcast founder Ralph Roberts:
"With unmatched skill and devotion, Ralph Roberts was a business legend who took tiny Comcast from its humble start in Tupelo, Miss., and turned it into one of the most important media companies in the United States in just a few decades.
"Amid a digital revolution that disrupted and confused so many in the business world, Ralph Roberts saw the future clearly and encouraged Comcast to become a broadband and technology innovator benefiting industry and consumers here and around the world. At heart, Mr. Roberts was an entrepreneur like so many of our members, and we will miss his passion for our industry.
"This is a sad day, but we appreciate and will remember what Mr. Roberts did throughout his legendary career to encourage us all. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Roberts family at this sorrowful moment."
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