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TIS17: Powell Tells Small Ops Title II Would Be Disaster for Industry — and U.S.
Calls broadband service the strongest part of nation's critical infrastructure
INDIANAPOLIS — Before a crowd of cable faithful, Michael Powell, the head of NCTA-The Internet and Television Association, painted a dystopian world for cable operators and consumers alike if Internet service providers are regulated under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934.
“Using that model would be a disaster for the industry and a disaster for America’s ambitions in the information age,” said Powell, in a passionate response to a question onstage at The Independent Show. “This country will regret it when it looks back a decade…it’ll wonder how it made this mistake.” Read more
Indie Cable Operators: Small but Powerful
Retrans, OTT are top of mind for NCTC chief Rich Fickle and his members as TIS17 gets underway
INDIANAPOLIS — Small cable operators for years have been the so-called canary in the coal mine for issues that have later affected the broader telecom market, and this year is no different. Those ops also have seen the competitive advantage of offering faster and faster broadband speeds, of providing consumers with easier access to subscription video-on-demand services and now, enabling access to over-the-top content. As the industry assembles in Indianapolis this week for The Independent Show, MCN senior finance editor editor Mike Farrell spoke with National Cable Television Cooperative president and CEO Rich Fickle about the co-op’s biggest priorities and its plan to dive headfirst into one of the industry’s most pressing issues, retransmission consent. Read more
Small Operators Have Big Voice in D.C.
ACA’s Polka likes Title II rollback’s chances, sees uphill climb for video reform
INDIANAPOLIS — Independent cable/broadband operators are gathering with technology and content companies in Indianapolis this week for the annual Independent Show, courtesy of the American Cable Association and the National Cable Television Cooperative.
It's an upbeat event for ACA president Matt Polka, who is confident about several prospects under the new Republican FCC. He feels particularly good about a potential rollback of Title II, but concedes it will be an uphill climb on other issues. That won’t stop the ACA from fighting the good fight for its smaller and midsized cable operator members. Read more
TIS17: Consolidation, Customer Experience Drive Small Op Success
Small cable concentrates on in-home networks as broadband speeds rise
INDIANAPOLIS – The rash of recent M&A deals in the small cable space is likely to continue, but money also will flow into the sector to build out networks and increasingly focus on in-home networking, customer service and improving the overall experience according to a panel session at The Independent Show.
The handful of top executives at small cable operators said they expect consolidation to continue especially as larger companies recognize the strength of their networks and the rising demand for fast and faster broadband speeds. Read more