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MCTV’s Robert Gessner Re-Elected ACA Chairman, BOYCOM’s Patricia Jo Boyers Re-Elected ACA Vice Chairwoman

Stability, Vision Remain At Organization’s Pinnacle Amid Rapid Change In Market and D.C. Policy Arena

LAKE BUENA VISTA, July 27, 2016 -  MCTV President Robert Gessner was re-elected Chairman of the American Cable Association, and Patricia Jo Boyers, President and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of BOYCOM, was re-elected ACA Vice Chairwoman -- each to two-year terms -- by a vote of the ACA Membership announced today here at the 11th annual Independent Show. 

"At a time when ACA is facing many challenges in Washington, D.C., I am ready to lead this great organization for another two years in the effort to explain the vital role that independent cable plays in the field of communications and the need for policymakers to craft laws and regulations that stimulate investment and foster innovation," Gessner said.

"I look forward to working with Bob and the ACA Board over the next two years because I am proud of what BOYCOM and other small cable operators have delivered to their communities, and I want there to be more opportunity for us to invest private capital to maintain and expand our world-class communications networks," Boyers said.

MCTV is based in Massillon, Oh., and BOYCOM is headquartered in Poplar Bluff, Mo.

Among the issues front and center for independent cable operators are the FCC's proposals on set-top boxes, broadband privacy, broadband transparency, and Business Data Services (special access). ACA is also an active player on Capitol Hill, where lawmakers have advanced bills that would ban regulation of retail broadband rates and would provide smaller Internet Service Providers (ISPs) with a multi-year exemption from the FCC's Open Internet enhanced transparency requirements.

"With Bob Gessner and Patty Boyers continuing in their leadership roles, ACA is ready to move forward in a way that will show how ACA's diverse membership is having a big impact in communities that need advanced communications services to thrive in a global economy," ACA President and CEO Matthew M. Polka said. "ACA has a strong brand and we will always fight for rational and balanced policies."

In other election results, the following individuals were re-elected to new three-year Board terms:

Leslie Brown: Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Atlantic Broadband

Jim Bruder: CEO and Chairman, Harron Communications

John Conrad: Legal/HR Director, Liberty Cablevision of P.R., LLC

Earle MacKenzie: Executive Vice President and COO, Shentel

Drew Petersen: Vice President of External Affairs & Corporate Communications of TDS

Bob Wieand:  Controller, Service Electric Cablevision

ACA's Board also filled two open seats on its Board of Directors:

Diana Block: Executive Vice President, Block Communications (filling remaining term of Bill Beaty of Comporium, who has retired)

Kathy Ford: Vice President, Legal, WOW! (filling the remaining term of Cathy Kuo of WOW!)

ACA's Board elections were announced at the annual ACA Membership meeting held in conjunction with the Independent Show, a leading communications industry forum co-hosted and jointly organized by ACA and the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC). Based in a Lenexa, Kan., NCTC buys programming and equipment for U.S. cable operators. Please follow show news on Twitter at #TIS16.

About the American Cable Association: Based in Pittsburgh, the American Cable Association is a trade organization representing nearly 750 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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