Vice President of Marketing & Communications
National Cable Television Cooperative
Journalist Ron Brownstein on the 2020 Elections and Rep. Mike Doyle and FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel Explore Broadband for All
PITTSBURGH, PA. and LENEXA, KAN., Sept 30, 2020 – Combining both politics and policy, today’s The Independent Show 2020 (TIS) program featured virtual panel sessions focusing on today’s political environment and the current – and future – state of the nation’s broadband policy.
Produced virtually by the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) and ACA Connects, TIS 2020 conference used its second of three days to focus on the national political environment and examine the complex policies facing today’s broadband industry. In addition, the program featured a “Lessons Learned” segment with executives from Schurz Communications and Atlantic Broadband.
Keynote appearances by Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA) and FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel highlighted a packed agenda that provided an insider’s view into the forces shaping policy in today’s Washington, D.C. In addition to reports from national policy leaders, TIS 2020 featured a discussion with Tom Williams, who is CTO for Schurz Communications, and Andy Walton, Head of Corporate Communications for Atlantic Broadband.
“Our members are committed to their customers and communities and this frontline discussion from Schurz‘s CTO Tom Williams and Atlantic Broadband’s Head of Communications Andy Walton provided our members with practical advice and observations during this pandemic. We appreciate their time to inform our members about their experiences in both technology and communications,” said NCTC CEO & President Rich Fickle.
“We at TIS 2020 were honored to welcome Rep. Doyle and FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel, both of whom hold critical leadership positions in establishing our nation’s telecommunications policy. This unprecedented pandemic year demonstrated how vital broadband access is to our nation, and we look forward to working with them on major initiatives in the coming year,” ACA Connects President and CEO Matthew M. Polka said.
Ron Brownstein — a reporter with weekly columns in the Atlantic and on CNN.com and who appears regularly in the National Journal — opened the day’s discussions with an overview of what is next for America and its politics amid a presidential lection, COVID-19 and social justice issues. He observed the difficulty achieving legitimate policy goals in a divided country.
The online agenda moved to politics and policy as TIS 2020 welcomed Rep. Doyle, who serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and is Chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, as well as FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel.
Rep. Doyle was interviewed by ACA Connects’ Polka. Commissioner Rosenworcel was interviewed by ACA Connects Chairman Patricia Jo Boyers, who is President of BOYCOM in Poplar Bluff, Mo. Commissioner Rosenworcel is a leader on spectrum policy and merging broadband technologies, as well as a tireless advocate on consumer and public safety issues.
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About the National Cable Television Cooperative: The National Cable Television Cooperative, Inc. (NCTC), is a Kansas-based, not-for-profit corporation that operates as a programming, hardware purchasing and broadband organization for its member companies that own and operate cable systems throughout the U.S. and its territories. NCTC seeks to maximize current and future opportunities to ensure the profitability, competitive stature, and long-term sustainability of its member companies. NCTC represents more than 700 member companies in programming and technology acquisition. NCTC is actively engaged in helping network providers and suppliers evolve their business models to deploy new video/data solutions to match the changes in the media landscape.
About ACA Connects – America’s Communications Association: Based in Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C., ACA Connects is a trade organization representing more than 700 smaller and medium-sized, independent companies that provide broadband, phone and video services to more than 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 businesses. For more information, visit: http://www.ACAConnects.org