The election results were announced by ACA President and CEO Matthew M. Polka at ACA's Annual Membership Meeting as part of the 8th Independent Show program. The Independent Show is the leading communications industry forum co-hosted by ACA and the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC), a Lenexa, Kansas-based group that purchases programming and equipment for U.S. cable operators.
Later, in remarks to hundreds of ACA Members, Polka recapped the past year's legislative and regulatory achievements, followed by an outline of the trade group's goals for the year ahead.
"It's critical that we continue to seek ‘rules of the road' that are fair to ACA Members, whose advanced broadband networks link hometown America to the global economy," Polka said.
At the FCC, Polka noted that the agency agreed to remove the basic tier encryption ban, relax restrictions on mergers between cable operators and CLECs (new, facilities-bases phone providers) and preserved the exemption for smaller operators from distributing must-carry TV signals in native HD format.
Following Polka's remarks, ACA Chairwoman Colleen Abdoulah -- Chairwoman & CEO of WOW! Internet, Cable and Phone - said in a speech that the independent cable community's strategic investment in broadband has been a spectacular success and that the trade group is focused on ensuring that its advocacy regarding broadband related issues matches its work on video matters. She said this means ACA will continue to seek to ensure access to poles and rights-of-way expeditiously and at reasonable cost, ensure that ACA members have flexibility to offer different types of broadband packages using different pricing methods to best meet consumer demand, and help secure access to sufficient Wi-Fi spectrum so ACA customers can stay connected wherever they are.
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