PITTSBURGH, February 21, 2018 – The American Cable Association is pleased to announce that FCC Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Michael O’Rielly will share the stage at ACA’s 25th Anniversary Summit being held March 20-22 in Washington, D.C.
“It is a privilege to have these telecommunications leaders join us at ACA’s Summit. Although they may not always agree on the same solutions, Commissioner Clyburn and Commissioner O’Rielly appreciate the FCC’s important role in promoting economic growth and protecting the public interest. Our members look forward to hearing them discuss their distinct visions for the FCC positioned side-by-side on the Summit stage,” ACA President and CEO Matthew M. Polka said.
FCC Commissioners Clyburn and O’Rielly will speak on Wednesday, March 21, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
“The FCC has a longstanding interest in promoting broadband deployment, and we welcome Commissioner Clyburn and Commissioner O’Rielly to ACA’s 25th Summit at a time when eliminating barriers to deploying these networks and closing the digital devide are playing such a central role in telecommunications policy,” Polka said. “Summit attendees are in for a real treat hearing these two talk about the issues of the day.”
Commissioner Mignon Clyburn has served at the FCC since 2009. She is currently serving her second term as a Democrat and was sworn in on Feb.19, 2013, following her re-nomination by President Barack Obama and confirmation by the U.S. Senate. Following her appointment, Clyburn also served as the first Acting Chairwoman of the FCC.
Commissioner O’Rielly, a Republican, was nominated for a seat on the FCC by President Obama on Aug.1, 2013, and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Oct. 29, 2013. He was sworn into office on Nov. 4, 2013. On Jan. 29, 2015, he was sworn into office for a new term, following his re-nomination by President Obama and confirmation by the U.S. Senate.
The theme for this year’s ACA Summit is “Standing The Test Of Time,” a statement indicative of the endurance and dedication shown by independent operators over many years in creating a collective voice in Washington. Over the course of ACA’s history, the independent cable community always embraced the wisdom of Abraham Lincoln, who said, “Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.”
The ACA Summit website includes event details and secure online registration. Please visit the ACA Summit 2018 website by clicking here: ACA Summit.
The event will take place at the Grand Hyatt, 1000 H Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20001. This year’s Summit includes the annual “fly-in” to Washington with its members and, as such, will use the Twitter hashtag #Summit25 for all social media about the event. You can also track ACA Summit news on Twitter by following @ACASummit.
About the American Cable Association: Based in Pittsburgh, the American Cable Association is a trade organization representing nearly 750 smaller and medium-sized, independent cable companies who provide broadband services for nearly 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 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/