Topics Include Rural Broadband, Telecom Policy And Technology Deployment
Washington D.C., May 31, 2018 – Andrew Petersen, Senior Vice President, TDS Telecom, and ACA President and CEO Matthew M. Polka are this week’s guests on The Communicators, C-SPAN’s weekly series that features leaders in technology and communications to discuss topics shaping consumers’ digital future.
The segment airs on Saturday June 2, 2018, on C-SPAN at 6:30 p.m. ET and again on Monday June 4, 2018, at 8 a.m. ET on C-SPAN2. The 30-minute program can be viewed on www.c-span.org/communicators.
In addition to providing an overview of telecommunications policies affecting ACA members, Polka noted that 2018 marks ACA’s 25th Anniversary as an organization created to advance the interests of smaller communications providers. These ACA member companies, Mr. Polka added, have expanded from stand-alone video service providers to become broadband leaders that foster economic growth by connecting rural and small-town America to advanced communications services.
TDS’ Petersen, who serves on ACA’s Board and Executive Committee, explained that his company has invested significantly in broadband technology, offering this technology to nearly 900 rural, suburban and metropolitan communities. Petersen works closely with industry-affiliated trade organizations and federal and state policymakers to drive policy success.
TDS is the seventh largest local exchange telephone company in the U.S. with 1.2 million connections to high-speed Internet, phone, and TV entertainment services.
TDS operates BendBroadband, which is part of TDS Broadband Service LLC. For residential customers, TDS deploys up to 1Gig Internet access, IPTV service (TDS TV), cable TV options, and traditional wireline services. For businesses, TDS offers advanced communications solutions, including: VoIP (managedIP Hosted voice), high-speed Internet, fiber optics, data networking, and hosted-managed services. Visit www.tdstelecom.com or tdsbusiness.com
About the American Cable Association: Based in Pittsburgh, the American Cable Association is a trade organization representing about 800 smaller and medium-sized, independent companies that provide broadband, phone and video services to nearly 8 million customers 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/.