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FCC's Mignon Clyburn To Keynote ACA's 18th Annual Washington, D.C., Summit

Federal Communications Commissioner Mignon L. Clyburn will deliver the keynote address on Tuesday, April 12 at this year's American Cable Association Summit, underscoring the vital role independent cable operators play in providing hometown America with access to critical communications services, the trade group announced Feb. 9.

"ACA is honored to welcome Commissioner Clyburn as our Summit keynote speaker, and our members look forward to hearing her perceptive insights on a range of public policy issues, affecting consumers, particularly those who are served by independent operators or who reside in smaller, rural markets and competitive areas," ACA President and CEO Matthew M. Polka said.

The ACA Summit is being held April 11-13 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Capitol Hill.

ACA has worked closely with Commissioner Clyburn on many issues in the past two years. Most recently, Commissioner Clyburn offered stronger conditions on the Comcast-NBCU license transfer to ensure that independent cable operators can secure Comcast-NBCU programming on fair and reasonable terms.

"As a former small businesswoman herself, Commissioner Clyburn understood from the beginning that the Comcast-NBCU transaction would have reduced competition and raised consumer prices without appropriate conditions. In the end, the FCC embraced a set of robust Clyburn-proposed conditions designed to ensure that the Comcast-NBCU transaction would, in fact, serve the public interest," Polka said.

Commissioner Clyburn was nominated by President Obama as a member of the Federal Communications Commission on June 25, 2009. She was sworn in August 3, 2009. Her term runs until June 30, 2012.

Commissioner Clyburn has a long history of public service and dedication to the public interest. Prior to joining the FCC, Commissioner Clyburn served for 11 years on the South Carolina Public Service Commission (PSC), and was chair from July 2002 through June 2004.

During her tenure at the PSC, Commissioner Clyburn served as the chair of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners' (NARUC) Washington Action Committee.

In the private sector, Commissioner Clyburn was for 14 years the publisher and general manager of The Coastal Times, a Charleston-based weekly newspaper that focused primarily on issues affecting the African American community. She owned and operated the family-founded newspaper following her graduation from the University of South Carolina, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Banking, Finance & Economics.

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