For Immediate Release
Contact: Ted Hearn
PITTSBURGH, December 9, 2019 – ACA Connects Board Chairman Patricia Jo Boyers and ACA Connects President and CEO Matthew M. Polka issued the following statement on news that ACA Connects Board Member Tina Pidgeon is leaving General Communications Inc., where she has served as General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Senior Vice President, Governmental Affairs:
Boyers said: “It’s impossible to overstate Tina Pidgeon’s positive contribution to the work of ACA Connects on a wide range of policy issues. When I say to lawmakers and regulators ‘Rural Is Real,’ I can’t think of a better example to point to than GCI serving the ‘Last Frontier’ called Alaska and all the hard work Tina has put in to make GCI an incredible success story. We thank Tina for her extraordinary effort and wish her continued success.”
Added Polka: “We at ACA Connects wish the very best to our friend and colleague Tina Pidgeon. Tina has been a dedicated member of the ACA Connects Board of Directors for many years, eloquently voicing the issues unique to GCI, a leading communications company based in Anchorage, Alaska. In addition, Tina’s talents have been recognized many times as the recipient of several awards for her business leadership in the telecommunications industry.
“During our time working together on policy initiatives, Tina has consistently reinforced the real-world negative impact of heavy-handed regulation on investment in new services, especially the deployment of broadband in rural America. Navigating the Washington, D.C., regulatory environment is always a challenge, yet Tina managed to do so with great skill from 4,300 miles and 4 time zones away when she could not be with us on Capitol Hill in person.”
About ACA Connects: America’s Communications Association – Based in Pittsburgh, ACA Connects is a trade organization representing more than 700 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 Connects’ members work together to advance the interests of their customers and ensure the future competitiveness and viability of their business. For more information, visit: https://acaconnects.org