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Rep. Stupak To Deliver Capitol Hill Keynote Remarks At ACA's 17th Annual Summit

PITTSBURGH, April 13, 2010 - The American Cable Association is very pleased to announce that U.S. Rep. Bark Stupak (D-Mich.), a longtime telecommunications policy leader whose nine-term House career is coming to a close in January, will deliver the Capitol Hill keynote speech during this year's ACA Summit. Rep. Stupak's remarks will be made on Tuesday, April 20 at 1:15 p.m. "We are delighted that Rep. Stupak will be joining us at this year's ACA Summit," ACA President and CEO Matthew M. Polka said. "The ACA Summit is the perfect forum for such a distinguished Member of Congress to share his policy views with the independent cable operator community that is always focused on the communications needs of rural America."

On Friday, Rep. Stupak announced his retirement from Congress at the end of his current two-year term. Rep. Stupak opted to step aside to pursue new interests after playing a critical role in last month's passage of the landmark health care reform law. Ensuring universal health coverage was a longtime policy goal of Rep. Stupak.

"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:

 

  • Brian Hendricks, Minority Counsel, U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation;
  • Roger C. Sherman, Chief Majority Counsel, Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet, U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee; and
  • Seth Bloom, Senior Majority Counsel, Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights, U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.

 

From the FCC, officials scheduled to speak are:

 

  • Sherrese Smith: Legal Advisor for Media, Consumer and Enforcement Issues, Office of FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski;
  • Brad Gillen: Legal Advisor for Media Law Issues, Office of FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker; and
  • Rick Kaplan: Acting Chief of Staff, Office of FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn

 

From the industry perspective, the ACA Summit will include a panel of executives to discuss today's policy initiatives, including: 

 

  • Tyrone Brown: President and CEO, Media Access Project (MAP)
  • David Donovan, President, Association of Maximum Service Television (MSTV);
  • Kyle McSlarrow, President & CEO, National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA);
  • John Rose, President, Organization for the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telecommunications Companies (OPASTCO);
  • Matthew M. Polka, President & CEO, American Cable Association (ACA); and
  • Paul S. Maxwell (Moderator), Owner & CEO, Media Business Corp.

 

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.

Please visit the ACA Summit 2010 site by clicking here or visiting http://www.acasummit.org/

 

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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