ACA Connects is pleased to have Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA-1) join the podcast to discuss his focus on ensuring broadband service for all, the unique broadband challenges of Virginia’s First Congressional District, his work on and plans as Co-Chair of the House Rural Broadband Caucus, current internet legislation moving through the House of Representatives, and the Congressman’s own legislative ideas
on how to encourage more broadband investment and deployment.
What’s in a name? Or, more to the point, what’s in a NEW name? Matt Polka, President and CEO of
ACA Connects-America’s Communications Association, announces a new name for the association, formerly known as ACA, the American Cable Association, and discusses the reasons behind the new name. Matt then talks with ACA Connects Board Member Mike Bowker, who is COO of CableONE, soon to be renamed and rebranded as Sparklight. Matt and Mike talk about rapid changes in our industry and
technology that require us all to embrace our cable past, but with a firm broadband and new technology view of our future.
Gene Kimmelman, President and CEO of Public Knowledge, joins ACA’s Matt Polka on the first episode under our new podcast name, “ACA Connects.” Gene has served in many capacities in Washington, D.C., from the Department of Justice and Senate Judiciary Committee, to Consumers Union and now Public Knowledge, among many others. Public Knowledge works at the intersection of copyright, telecommunications, and internet law to advocate for policies that serve the public interest. On today’s podcast, Gene and Matt talk about forging solutions in today’s political environment, privacy and net neutrality, the impact of “Big Tech” companies and what can be done to protect consumers, and the harm of big media mergers ACA Connects the people, influencers and thought leaders to today’s important communications policies and issues.
Veteran cable publisher, editor and journalist Paul S. Maxwell joins ACA’s CableTalk for a wide-ranging discussion on the foundations of the cable industry and its many entrepreneurial personalities that have transformed it into the “connections” industry, connecting customers and communities to a broadband world. In a 50-plus year career writing and reporting on media, Paul started and/or ran some 45+ publications. He has also served as an advisor to major media companies and media start-ups alike. Paul is widely well known and respected in the industry, and is not only a Cable TV Pioneer, but also a member of the Cable Center’s Hall of Fame. Paul has been a great friend of ACA and its members, encouraging their continued entrepreneurial spirit both in our industry and in their advocacy in Washington, D.C.
Cable Programming Content Executive Bridget Baker sits down with ACA’s Matt Polka to discuss the business roots of cable and broadcast content issues, as well as the road ahead where issues of choice for consumers may be more important than channels for the content owner. A co-founder of CNBC and 23-year veteran of NBCUNIVERSAL, Bridget is the CEO of Baker Media, an independent consultancy focused on entertainment and tech companies. She was NBCU’s longtime president of content distribution and a key senior executive overseeing its $5 billion subscription revenue business. She is the recipient of numerous industry awards and corporate leadership recognition, including the NCTA’s highest honor, “Vanguard Award for Distinguished Leadership.”
ACA President and CEO, Matt Polka sits down with founding partner of MoffettNathanson, Craig Moffett. Craig Moffett has been elected to Institutional Investor Magazine’s All-American Research Team in the U.S. Telecom and/or Cable & Satellite sectors on fifteen separate occasions, including nine separate appearance as the #1 analyst in America in either U.S. Telecom and/or Cable & Satellite. He has also been rated the #1 analyst in the U.S. Telecommunications sector by Bloomberg Markets, and he has consistently ranked #1 in Research Quality in Greenwich Research’s annual survey in both Telecommunications and U.S. Cable and Satellite sectors. Prior to founding MoffettNathanson, Mr. Moffett spent more than ten years at Sanford Bernstein & Co., LLC as a senior research analyst.
ACA Member Sandy Hendrick, Director of Marketing at HTC in Horry County, SC, joins ACA’s Matt Polka to talk about his company’s experiences in the midst of broadcast TV retransmission consent disputes and how being proactive with communications to your customers helps not only to balance the scales, but also to share the facts of how these outdated regulations harm consumers.