PITTSBURGH, April 7, 2008—The American Cable Association (ACA) appointed Bruce E. Beard, senior vice president and general counsel of Broadstripe (formerly Millennium Digital Media), to its Board of Directors. Mr. Beard brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in advocating for the needs of independent cable operators, and his perspective will greatly contribute to ACA as it continues its fight to bring greater choices and value to consumers.
Mr. Beard previously served on the ACA Board of Directors from 2002-2006.
“I am delighted to return to the ACA Board of Directors,” said Mr. Beard. “The issues facing independent cable operators are at a critical point, and the industry is fighting for a fair and competitive marketplace. I look forward to working with the Association as it elevates the needs of independent cable operators and the customers we serve to policymakers in Washington, D.C.”
“ACA is making sure that the voice of independent cable is heard loudly and clearly throughout Congress and the FCC,” stated Patrick Knorr, chief operating officer of Sunflower Broadband and The World Co., and chairman of the ACA Board of Directors. “As we fight to end the blatant discrimination against independent cable at the hands of broadcasters and programmers, the insight of Bruce Beard will be extremely valuable and will greatly benefit both our members and their customers.”
In his current role at Broadstripe, Mr. Beard facilitates the growth of the company’s footprint by negotiating and structuring acquisition agreements. Prior to joining Broadstripe, Mr. Beard was senior counsel with Cinnamon Mueller, a Chicago-based law firm focused on representing independent cable and telecommunication companies. Mr. Beard previously served as General Counsel for Millennium Digital Media from 2000-2006 and was also employed as an attorney for the telephone and wireless operations at SBC Communications Inc. (now AT&T) from 1988-2000.
About the American Cable Association
Based in Pittsburgh, the American Cable Association is a trade organization representing 1,100 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 www.americancable.org.