Joanne Dant
Primavera Group for
National Cable Television Cooperative 
(720) 205-2454

Ted Hearn
VP Communications
American Cable Association 
(202) 713-0826

August 1, 2018

2018 Independent Show Wraps Four Days of Discussion and Collaboration on the Changing Pay-TV and Broadband Ecosystem

Anaheim, CA—The 2018 Independent Show (TIS), presented by the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) and the American Cable Association (ACA), wraps up today after four days of powerful insights about the dynamic changes in the industry and how operators can propel their business to future success.

The TIS final day agenda includes the ACA’s mid-year report, with speakers from Kelley Dye & Warren; Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis; and the Alpine Group. Attendees will hear the latest developments regarding the government’s regulation of broadband service and position on net neutrality, its efforts to expedite broadband deployment and views on overbuilding, and its interest in addressing problems in the pay-TV and broadband markets. The day kicks off with a family breakfast featuring a performance by Darci Lynne, winner of last season’s America’s Got Talent.

Throughout TIS, industry thought leaders shared their views on the competitive cable and broadband environment and what the future holds for independent operators. The Super Leaders Panel featuring speakers from Multichannel News, ALLO Communications, Fidelity Communications, Schurz Communications, and Cable ONE shared how independent operators are:

  • Emphasizing their deep local community ties as part of their customer service efforts and finding new ways to make it easy for customers to do business with them.
  • Focusing on the connected future by growing business services and offering the faster broadband speeds customers want for our multi-device world.

Broadband innovators from Broadband Strategies, Shentel, CableLabs, and TDS Telecom talked about how operators should consider:

  • Building a platform to support the connected home through services including managed WiFi.
  • Envisioning a “Jetsons-like” future where high-speed connectivity helps people live better, richer lives.

Celebrating its 13th year, TIS continued to grow again in 2018, with nearly 1,200 industry professionals gathering to discuss the state of the industry, learn from peers, share success stories and find new ways to serve customers. Attendees also learned about the latest innovative content and solutions that are helping operators navigate today’s changing pay-TV and broadband ecosystems from more than 140 exhibiting companies, including two dozen first-time exhibitors.

The Independent Show Executive Perspective:

Rich Fickle, President and CEO, NCTC:
“This year’s TIS was all about the top issues that our real-life superheroes – our members – are facing in the industry today, and we heard from some of the industry’s top thinkers about how members can prepare for the future. From OTT and broadband to wireless, our members are leading the charge for developing and implementing so many innovative concepts and solutions. We had a great show and it is always such a pleasure to connect and network with our members, partners and suppliers, along with their families.”

Matthew M. Polka, President and CEO, ACA:
“The Independent Show keeps getting bigger and better, evidence that small and mid-sized communications providers continue to make progress by investing in their networks in response to the needs of their customers. Spending these days in close contact with ACA Members is invaluable in terms of helping ACA staff deliver the right message to Washington, D.C., policymakers in the months ahead with so much at stake for those whose future is tied to building the best broadband networks possible. I know that ACA Members can look forward to next year’s Independent Show, our 14th, confident that their agenda will be addressed by Congress and the Federal Communications Commission.”

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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 and hardware purchasing organization for its member companies who 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 750 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 the American Cable AssociationAbout the American Cable Association
Based in Pittsburgh, the American Cable Association is a trade organization representing about 800 smaller and medium-sized, independent companies that provide broadband, phone and video services to nearly 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’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: