"Change in Washington is not only about the policy, but it's about the process, too." Polka added. "And who better to talk about how bills become laws than Congressman Stupak, who was central to the passage of the historic health care legislation. ACA Summit attendees will get an insider's account."
ACA 17th Annual Summit will take place on April 19-21 at the Gaylord Hotel in National Harbor, Maryland, a major visitor destination convenient to downtown Washington, D.C.
Elected in 1992, Rep. Stupak represents Michigan's First Congressional District, a sprawling 31-county jurisdiction that includes the entire Upper Peninsula as well as the northern portion of the Lower Peninsula. During his House tenure, Rep. Stupak has been supportive of smaller operators' efforts to ensure that rural communities have timely access to advanced communications services on an affordable basis.
Rep. Stupak is a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, a panel that oversees federal communications law and regulations. He also serves on the Committee's Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet as well as the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection. He is Chairman of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee.
As previously announced, Blair Levin, Executive Director of the Federal Communications Commission's Omnibus Broadband Initiative, will deliver ACA Summit remarks on April 20 beginning at 8 a.m. on the agency's recently released National Broadband Plan.
Senior staff members from Congress and other top FCC policy advisors will also be on hand as frontline participants in discussion panels.
From Capitol Hill, staff members expected as panelists include:
From the FCC, officials scheduled to speak are:
From the industry perspective, the ACA Summit will include a panel of executives to discuss today's policy initiatives, including:
The Summit is a unique forum that highlights the special role that independent cable operators play in providing state-of-the-art communications services to rural communities across the nation. Independent cable operators play a vital role in ensuring that every American has affordable access to the broadband infrastructure needed to keep America both strong and free.
About the American Cable Association
Based in Pittsburgh, the American Cable Association is a trade organization representing nearly 900 smaller and medium-sized, independent cable companies who provide broadband services for more than 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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