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Sachs Ends Tenure as NCTA Chief

Say goodbye to Robert Sachs, at least in his old role. After more than five and a half years as head of the NCTA, Sachs formally stepped down from the trade group post Monday. Sachs, who took over for Decker Anstrom in 1999, is returning to his old Boston-based cable consulting group, Continental Consulting Group, as a principal in the firm. Former Deputy Energy Secretary Kyle McSlarrow, who is taking Sachs' place at NCTA, officially started his new job Tuesday. Among other things, Sachs takes credit for the cable industry establishing and maintaining a deregulatory environment for cable broadband servces in Washington. Under Sachs' leadership, the cable industry also generally avoided federal regulation of cable video services, clearing the way for the rollout of such advanced digital services as high-speed data, digital video, video-on-demand (VOD), high-definition TV (HDTV) and IP telephony.
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