As the president and CEO of the American Cable Association (ACA) , Matthew Polka is looking out for the little guy, relatively speaking, ensuring that cable's independent operators get a fair shake on Capitol Hill.
Ahead of The Independent Show,
set for next week in Florida, Light Reading Cable caught up with Polka to discuss the biggest issues facing the ACA and its 850-plus members. Given the recent battles between cable operators and broadcasters, retransmission consent and the rising price of programming are right at the top of the list.
And it turns out that Polka and many smaller MSOs are rooting for Aereo Inc. as it dukes it out with the broadcasters in court, believing that a victory for the Barry Diller-backed startup could give cable operators some much-needed leverage when negotiating retransmission deals.
Tom-Andrew, User Rank: Light Beer 12/5/2012 | 5:27:08 PM
re: ACA: Little Cable Faces Some Big Issues
As a cable subscriber, I have always felt "cheated" by the requirement that the cable operator be required to pay a fee to rebroadcast OTA signals (which I have to pay, with markup, to my service provider). If the OTA service is provided free to OTA users with off-air antennas, anyone should be able to use the signal at no charge; given they do not modify its content; no chage to any portion of the content, including advertising).
The FCC should require that the cable operator (or any other carrier) that regenerates the OTA signal be required to report the number of subscribers with access to the programming. This is much more granular of reporting than what is available from OTA households. This would allow the programmer to recieve revenues from advertisers for CATV subscribers with access to their programming.
The 'gleaming city on a hill,' Steve Saunders calls it. But who is going to take us from today's NFV componentry to the grand future of a self-driving network? Here's a look at the vendors hoping to make it happen.
Understanding the full experience of women in technology requires starting at the collegiate level (or sooner) and studying the technologies women are involved with, company cultures they're part of and personal experiences of individuals.
During this WiC radio show, we will talk with Nicole Engelbert, the director of Research & Analysis for Ovum Technology and a 23-year telecom industry veteran, about her experiences and perspectives on women in tech. Engelbert covers infrastructure, applications and industries for Ovum, but she is also involved in the research firm's higher education team and has helped colleges and universities globally leverage technology as a strategy for improving recruitment, retention and graduation performance.
She will share her unique insight into the collegiate level, where women pursuing engineering and STEM-related degrees is dwindling. Engelbert will also reveal new, original Ovum research on the topics of artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, security and augmented reality, as well as discuss what each of those technologies might mean for women in our field. As always, we'll also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air and chat board.