NCTC membership is only for companies operating a cable system. If you are a vendor, supplier, equipment manufacturer, consultant, financial institution, network programmer, media conglomerate, or anything other than a company that operates a cable system, please visit our Do Business With Us page to complete the prospective supplier application.

There is a $1500 application fee due at the time the completed application is submitted. NCTC will not begin the review until the application fee is received (please submit the fee to NCTC at 11200 Corporate Avenue, Lenexa, KS 66219).

Before you begin completing your membership application, please take a few minutes to click on each of the headers below, to learn more about our application review process, membership factors, costs, and other important details. Then, when you are ready to proceed, click the blue button to start your online membership application.

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  Sunday, July 24

8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Orlando Tours
We have arranged for several tours and activities in the Orlando area. Please visit the conference website for details, pricing and registration instructions.

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Registration Open

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Small Group Meetings (Invitation Only)

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
VIP Sponsor Reception (Invitation Only)

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Welcome Party – Family Game Night

Games bring out the kid in everyone! What better way to start the conference than by coming together in fun loving competition with your fellow attendees? Dinner, drinks and kid friendly entertainment all make for a great event.

Sponsors: GSN | HBO | NCTI | Stingray | Turner Networks | Viamedia


  Monday, July 25

7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Registration Open

6:45 am – 7:45 am
Christians in Communications Breakfast

Christians in Communications welcome as guest speakers former MLB star Darryl Strawberry and his wife, Tracy, of Strawberry Ministries (“Restoring Lives & Relationships”). All conference participants welcome; small donation requested.


7:50 am – 8:10 am
NCTC & ACA Directions (Member Operators Only)

8:20 am - 9:15 am
Trendwatch: Consumer Disruption

Many NCTC operators lead the pack in customer satisfaction and engagement in their communities. With the explosion of new technologies in the video space, consumers now have access to vast amounts of choices which have set the stage for a generational change in consumer behavior, as Millennials who have grown up with these choices bring different expectations to the market and have formed relationships with a different set of content providers. In order to adapt, it’s important to first identify the behavioral trends that are gaining momentum in the industry, and then innovate around the offerings that will grow your business.

Speaker: Jim Nail, Principal Analyst, Forrester Research


9:30 am – 10:10 am
Capitol Hill – Ensuring Policies to Promote Bandwidth Growth

A lifelong Nebraskan, Deb Fischer is the senior senator from Nebraska, and was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012. Senator Fischer serves on the Senate’s Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee and the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet. Broadband is vital to rural Nebraska and all smaller markets in the U.S. Sen. Fischer will discuss her views on broadband expansion, actions by the Senate Commerce Committee on broadband and video matters, the threat to small businesses by over-regulation, the desire for consumers to have more broadband and video choice, and the vital national need to protect our broadband networks from cyber-attacks.

Moderator: Matt Polka, President & CEO, ACA | Panelist: Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE)


10:15 am – 10:50 am
A Conversation With FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn

Commissioner Clyburn will address FCC related matters of importance to cable and programming attendees in both remarks and as part of a Q&A with ACA President and CEO Matt Polka, including the Commissions’ recent Notice of Inquiry on the current state of programming diversity and the principal obstacles that independent programmers face in obtaining carriage. Other matters pending before the FCC that may be addressed include the set-top box rulemaking, retransmission consent, business data services, and broadband privacy.

Moderator: Matt Polka, President & CEO, ACA | Panelist: SFCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn


11:00 am – 11:45 am
Breakout Sessions / Extended Break

Being the Best at Service

Engaged employees and happy customers are critical to the success of your business. This session will examine two unique, yet effective, approaches to dramatically improve the customer experience while driving revenue growth and increasing efficiencies.

Moderator: : Gary Shorman, President & CEO, Eagle Communications
Panelists: Larry Eby, COO, Vast Broadband | Harold Zeitz, President & COO, Wave Broadband


Getting Smart About a Connected Home

Home automation and the addition of new connected devices in the home present both challenges and opportunities for operators. Diversified products and a solid broadband connection are essential in providing a successful connected home experience. Operators must consider how to leverage this growing trend to create profitability while reinforcing the stickiness of their customers and increasing their overall satisfaction.

Opening/Moderator: Ed Naef, VP of Strategy - North America, Cartesian
Panelists: Jeffrey DeSarno, CTO, Westman Comm | Jason Hansen, CTO, Conway Corporation


Public File Regulations – What You Need to Know

There have been several changes made to the public file requirements, including for some members the obligation to publish your public file to the FCC website.  Attend this ACA breakout session to hear from legal experts and resource specialists regarding the FCC regulatory changes and what you need to be thinking about to be in compliance.

Moderator: Rob Shema, EVP Member Services, ACA
Panelists: Lisa Fields, Cable1Source
Dean Madison, TD Madison
Scott Friedman, Attorney, Cinnamon Mueller


11:45 am– 1:00 pm
Lunch with Guest Speaker

Mick Rock, On the Record with Mick Rock,

Lunch and Speaker sponsored by Ovation


1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Exhibits

3:00 pm– 5:00 pm
Legal & Regulatory Professionals Breakout: DMCA Safe Harbor in a Post-Cox World & Regulatory Update (Limited seating)

DMCA Safe Harbor in a Post-Cox World & Regulatory Update

In December, Cox Communications was hit with a $25 million copyright infringement judgement for failing to comply with the safe harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Join us for a session to discuss the case and its ongoing appeal, the underlying law, and best practices to ensure that you’re within the safe harbor provisions to avoid liability when your ISP customers are alleged to infringe upon a copyright holder’s work. Afterward, ACA staff and consultants will discuss other federal regulatory issues facing members.

Moderator: Seth Davidson, Member, Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Pompeo PC
Panelists: Ross Lieberman, SVP Government Affairs, American Cable Association
Tom Cohen, Attorney, Kelley Drye & Warren
Barbara Esbin, Partner, Cinnamon Mueller
Mary Lovejoy, VP of Regulatory Affairs, American Cable Association


7:00 pm– 10:00 pm
Monday Night Offsite Event – Party and Fireworks Viewing @ EPCOT

Experience the wide world of Disney in an unforgettable evening at the World ShowPlace Pavilion located inside Epcot Park. Many of your favorite Disney characters appear in settings from their stories or playful adventures. Meet and take photos with some of your favorite friends. After a delicious dinner served inside the Wolrd ShowPlace Pavilion, we will head over to our own private area at the Worldview Plaza for dessert and an unforgettable opportunity to watch “IllumiNations”, the spectacular laser light and fireworks display.

Disney & ESPN Media Networks is the gracious sponsor for this event.


10:00 pm – Midnight
After Party - Soarin' & Test Track

Make plans to stay up late…for an exclusive Epcot park experience. After the fireworks show, we’ll head over for the last ride at Soarin’, then we’ll make our way over to Test Track where the real after-hours action begins. We’ll have exclusive access to the Test Track ride, so no waiting in line. Drinks, music and treats will also be provided.

Thanks to Ion Media for sponsoring this event.

  Tuesday, July 26

7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Registration Open

7:00 am – 7:50 am
Conference Breakfast / Breakout Breakfasts

8:00 am – 9:00 am
Common Ground: Challenges Faced by Both Smaller Cable Operators and Independent Programmers

Earlier this year, the FCC launched a notice of inquiry on the current state of programming diversity and the principal obstacles that independent programmers face in obtaining carriage on video distribution platforms. Comments filed by both smaller cable operators and independent programmers highlighted that common marketplace obstacles frustrate both groups. This panel will include executives of both smaller cable operators and independent programmers discussing the ways bundling obligations, penetration requirements, most favored nation clauses and other demands of larger actors in the market impact the services available to video customers.

Moderator: Mark Robichaux, Editorial Director, MultiChannel News
Panelists: Chris Kyle, VP, Shentel
Karl Skroban, VP of Media Content, Comporium
John Malkin, EVP, Content Distribution
Mark Kang, SVP, INSP


9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Exhibits

9:30 am – 10:30 am
Press Coffee with Rick Fickle & Matt Polka

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Lunch with Guest Speaker

Property Brothers,Jonathan Scott & Drew Scott

Lunch sponsored by INSP
Speakers sponsored by Scripps Networks Interactive


1:45 pm – 2:30 pm
Breakout Sessions / Extended Break

Digital Media Marketing & Webservices – Are You All In?

The days of generic marketing messages without targeting are gone. Reach customers when it matters most. Learn from members how to best manage, market, and drive sales through digital media on web and mobile.

Speakers:
Matt Moody, Eagle Communications, Google Certified Partner, Facebook Certified Marketer
Mark Milhalevich, VP Marketing Strategy, Suddenlink Communications.


Trends in Telecom Commercial Services & Their Implications for Small and Mid-Sized Operators

As the growth in demand for residential services slows, cable operators are increasing their focus on commercial services as a source of growth. Originally targeting SMBs, cable operators have expanded their services to include MDUs, other carriers and larger enterprises. But with the move up-market comes more complexity—and more competition. Ed Naef, Cartesian Group, will share insights to help small and mid-sized operators better understand the market opportunity and market dynamics, business and operational challenges and best practices in areas such as commercial product development and network expansion modeling and prioritization.

Speaker:Ed Naef, VP of Strategy, North America, Cartesian


2:45 pm– 3:45 pm
Navigating Today’s Turbulent Video and Broadband Business

As the video business changes, operators must consider a variety of options to adapt their business to the new environment and market to the changing consumer. In this panel, we’ll explore how operators need to become more segmented and targeted in their approach towards creating and maintaining customer relationships. We’ll touch on different approaches towards customer communication, marketing tactics, video and Internet pricing strategies, what content is important to consumers, and how broadband growth plays a key role in how NCTC member operators navigate these changing times.

Moderator: Howard Horowitz, President, Horowitz Research
Panelists: Sean Albertson, Director, Customer Journey & Analytics, WOW
Crystal Kemp, Marketing Manager, Conway Corporation
Kate Lynch, Sr Manager, Cable Programming, GCI


4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Changing Consumer Behavior, The New Approach Toward Video Product Offerings

This session will capture how operators’ business models are becoming more focused on Internet growth and how video options enhance the overall offering to consumers. We’ll explore what’s happening in the industry today and will ask a few operators to share how they are creating value for their consumers through new products and services. We’ll explore topics such as over the top content offerings, how to find alternative solutions to combat the increasing programming costs, what types of solutions should operators be thinking of deploying, and how do operators move forward to best position themselves for the future.

Moderator: John Childress, VP, Product Strategy & Management, NCTC
Panelists: Sean Brushett, CRO, Buckeye CableSystem
Chris Hilliard, CEO, USA Companies
Michelle MacFee, Director, Video Product Development, WOW
Steve Mathesius, Sr Mgr, Video Product Strategy, TDS


7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Tuesday Night Dinner and Entertainment

Comedian: Jim Breuer

Evening sponsored by NBCUniversal | Entertainment sponsored by Viacom



  Wednesday, July 27

8:00 am – 8:50 am
Family Breakfast with Dave Salmoni

Dave Salmoni wears many hats. He’s a zoologist, renowned animal trainer, television presenter and producer with his own South Africa-based production company, Triosphere. Dave successfully has been able to marry all these titles, emphasizing one common denominator – his love for animals. He is Animal Planet’s large predator expert and has hosted and contributed to a number of their programs including Into the Pride, Rogue Nature, Predator vs. Prey, Living with Tigers, Into the Lion’s Den and After the Attack among several others. As large predator expert, Dave is the go-to source on Animal Planet’s wild animal programming, providing expert opinion and commentary on series like Fatal Attractions. In 2014, he hosted Discovery Networks International and Animal Planet’s series, Deadly Islands where he set out to solve some of the last big mysteries surrounding the world’s most successful natural-born killer. In February 2016, Dave accompanied Good Morning America’s Amy Robach to Tanzania for an African safari adventure and in 2011, he hosted the special Expedition Impossible also for the ABC network. Cosmopolitan has included Salmoni as one of their "Fun and Fearless Males" and People has named him one of their sexiest bachelors. Along with a menagerie of animals, he appears regularly on Jimmy Kimmel Live! He lives in Toronto with his wife and son.

Breakfast sponsored by ZCorum
Speaker sponsored by Discovery Communications


9:00 am – 9:30 am
NCTC Members Meeting (MEMBERS ONLY)

9:30 am – 10:15 am
ACA Members Meeting (MEMBERS ONLY)

10:15 am – 10:30 am
Closing Remarks with Rich Fickle and Matt Polka

11:15 am
Depart for Golf Tournament (Noon start time)


 

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