ACA Touts Summit Lineup

ACA announces top officials from FCC, NTIA, & Indiana's Utility Commission to partake in Group's 18th Annual Summit in D.C.

March 30, 2011

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PITTSBURGH -- The American Cable Association today announced that the upcoming ACA Summit in Washington, D.C., will include a panel of top government officials playing a major role in shaping the country's broadband deployment and adoption policies, including mapping the country's broadband availability, overseeing the government's existing grant and loan programs for broadband deployment, modernizing the Universal Service Fund to support broadband, and making more spectrum available for wireless broadband.

"We're honored to have such a distinguished lineup of high-ranking government officials to participate on a panel dedicated to broadband deployment and adoption, perhaps the single most important communications issue of the decade and one that impacts all segments of the communications industry, particularly small cable operators," ACA President and CEO Matthew M. Polka said. "The panel will touch upon all the big issues, including some not so obvious, such as how retransmission consent and other programming fees impact the ability of smaller operators to deploy broadband."

Senior officials from the Federal Communications Commission and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration in the U.S. Department of Commerce will be on hand to discuss their policy goals for the remainder of the year and likely beyond. They will be joined by a member of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, who is a also member of the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service. The panel is scheduled for April 12 at 9 a.m.

This year's ACA Summit lineup of high-profile government experts includes:

  • Zac Katz, Legal Advisor to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski for Wireline Communications, International and Internet Issues;

  • Larry Landis, Commissioner, Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission; board member, the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service; and member, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners' (NARUC) Telecommunications Committee and NARUC's Legislative Task Force

  • Tom Power, Chief of Staff, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)

"The ACA Summit is a venue for debate and discussion, which is why we have put together a government panel with unmatched knowledge of the policy process in which independent cable operators and their customers have so much at stake," ACA’s Polka added. "ACA members appreciate every chance they get to deliver their message from hometown America to the people in charge of the communications policy agenda."

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