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ACA’s Top Awards Given At 11th Independent Show

ACA Recognizes Its Champions With Highest Honors

LAKE BUENA VISTA, July 27, 2016 - The American Cable Association today honored several ACA members and companies in recognition of their critical support for the trade group and the cause of providing high-quality voice, video and broadband Internet service to millions of consumers located mostly in rural and remote areas of the nation.

"The individuals and companies that ACA is honoring with its most prestigious awards are exceptionally talented and dedicated, and I salute them all for the accolades that they so richly deserve," ACA President and CEO Matthew M. Polka said.

ACA's top honors were presented as follows:

Lyn Simpson Grassroots Spirit Award: Chad Lawson, Murray Electric System

Presented to a company or individual embodying the passion and commitment that Lyn brought to the small operator community in her role as an ACA founding member in the early 1990s. The award underscores the value of commitment, dedication, and sacrifice to the independent cable business. 

ACA PAC Leadership/Company: GCI

This award recognizes GCI for greatly increasing PAC contribution totals and significantly increasing the number of ACA PAC donors in the past year.

PAC Individual Award: Steve Weed, Wave Broadband.

The PAC Individual Award recognizes enthusiasm, dedication and support for the ACA PAC and for creating a culture of knowledge within the company regarding the ACA PAC's important role and purpose.

ACA Partnership Award: Scripps Network

This award is for partnership, commitment and support for ACA and independent cable businesses everywhere.

Eagle Award: Bill Beaty, Comporium.

Presented for making outstanding contributions to independent cable operators and providing critical leadership to help build support for new laws and regulations designed for smaller, full-service communications providers.

ACA's awards presentation came 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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