NCTA — The Internet & Television Association

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We are NCTA — The Internet & Television Association 

We represent innovators and creators – an industry building the world’s most powerful technology platform and creating exciting content and services that entertain, inform and inspire consumers every day.

Just as technology is transforming media and connectivity is unleashing entertainment, NCTA must adapt to reflect the vibrancy, diversity and spirit of our members.


To bring together diverse perspectives to forge and promote consensus so all our members can continue to drive the industry forward: from policy, to content creation, to delivering compelling consumer experiences.


We believe in a technology and entertainment future that will advance innovation, inspire creativity, unleash connectivity, and exceed consumer expectations for a wide range of high-quality services.


Leardership member
Michael Powell
Michael Powell
President & CEO

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Michael K. Powell is the former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), nominated by President Bill Clinton and sworn in on November 3, 1997. He served as a member of the FCC for eight years during which time he was designated its chair by President George W. Bush in January 2001 and continued in that capacity until April 2005.

During his time as FCC chair, Chairman Powell oversaw the rapid transformation of communications markets into the Digital Age. During his tenure, the Internet came into widespread commercial use, as did smart phones, Wi-Fi networks and satellite radio.

In his current role as President & CEO of NCTA - The Internet & Television Association, Mr. Powell leads one of the largest trade associations in Washington, D.C., representing the communications and content industries. Prior public service includes Chief of Staff of the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice, Policy Advisor to the Secretary of Defense and service as an armored cavalry officer in U.S. Army. In the private sector he practiced law and was a senior advisor in a private equity firm. Chairman Powell also served on the boards of Cisco and AOL.

Chairman Powell serves on several nonprofit boards, including the Mayo Clinic, The William and Mary Foundation and America’s Promise Alliance. At America’s Promise, he co-chairs the Grad Nation project, an effort to address the high school dropout crisis.

Powell received his bachelor’s degree in government from the College of William and Mary and also holds an honorary doctorate from the College. He also served as Rector of the school’s Board of Visitors. He received his JD from Georgetown University Law Center.

James Assey
James M. Assey
Executive Vice President

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James M. Assey, Jr. began his tenure as Executive Vice President for NCTA - The Internet & Television Association on February 1, 2008. As NCTA’s second most senior executive, Assey is involved in all aspects of NCTA’s work on behalf of the cable industry.

Before coming to NCTA, Mr. Assey was a longtime staff member on the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Most recently, he was Senior Democratic Counsel to the Committee, and earlier was Senior Democratic Counsel on Communications and Media Issues for the Committee chaired by U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI) and Telecommunications Counsel for former U. S. Sen. Ernest F. Hollings (D-SC). Prior to that time, he held positions as Communications Associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Willkie Farr & Gallagher, Law Clerk for the Honorable Cameron M. Currie in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, and Legislative Assistant to Sen. Hollings.

Assey is a graduate of Stanford University and Georgetown University Law School. He was awarded the Annenberg Fellowship to Eton College in England and taught English and American literature, as well as American politics and culture. He has also taught communications law as an adjunct faculty member of Georgetown University Law School.

K. Dane Snowden
K. Dane Snowden
Chief Operating Officer

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K. Dane Snowden joined NCTA - The Internet & Television Association in August 2011. As COO he oversees the association’s day-to-day operations as well as its planning and strategic initiatives.

Prior to joining NCTA, Mr. Snowden was Vice President of External & State Affairs at CTIA-The Wireless Association® where he managed and directed the Association's comprehensive state policy and liaison efforts. Before CTIA, Mr. Snowden served as Chief of the Federal Communications Commission’s Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGB) from 2001 - 2005. In this role, he was responsible for development and execution of the vision, strategic direction, telecommunications policy, and management of the Bureau’s activities and 300 employees.

Before his appointment to the Commission, Mr. Snowden served in leadership roles at various organizations including:, America’s Promise-The Alliance for Youth and the United Negro College Fund.

Mr. Snowden is active in various charitable pursuits and serves on the boards of the National Association for Multi-ethnicity In Communications (NAMIC), The Cable Center, William & Mary Mason School of Business Foundation, the Kingsbury Day School and SMYAL (Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders). He has also served as a mentor in the Everybody Wins program and has previously served on the boards of CityCares of America, the Washington, D.C. Chapter of SOS Children’s Villages, COMCARE and Wireless RERC. Mr. Snowden is a graduate of The College of William and Mary.

Mark Kulish
Mark Kulish
Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration and CFO

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Mark Kulish is senior vice president, Finance and Administration, for NCTA - The Internet & Television Association. He oversees the newly-created Finance and Administration Department at NCTA, responsible for a number of key staff functions for the association, including accounting, human resources, information technology, and building services.

Prior to joining NCTA, he worked for the US Telecom Association where he served as Senior Vice President, Administration and CFO. While there, he  was the principal administrator and strategic business advisor to the CEO, and he was responsible for financial operations, association management, Human Resources, IT,  membership growth and retention, and business planning and administrative support to the Board of Directors.  Prior to joining USTelecom, Mark had extensive private sector experience with companies such as Marriott and ADP. 

Mark is a graduate of William and Mary and he received his MBA in Finance and Accounting from the Booth School of Business, University of Chicago.

Bill Check
William Check
Senior Vice President, Science and Technology

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Dr. William Check is Senior Vice President, Science & Technology and Chief Technology Officer of NCTA - The Internet & Television Association. Heading NCTA's technology efforts, he provides leadership and coordination of the industry's interests in techno-policy, standards and guidelines. He is also responsible for the analysis and evaluation of the technical issues being considered by public policymakers, and supports the congressional and regulatory efforts that have technical components or implications.

Check has been in the field of telecommunications for over 30 years. Prior to NCTA, he worked for a number of different telecommunications organizations, including General Electric and GTE Corporation as part of their satellite divisions and has led the development of data, video and audio communications systems. He also worked for the Mutual Broadcasting System where he led the development and deployment of the first commercial satellite distribution system for the broadcasting industry.

He is a past Editor of Space Systems, IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, and was a member of the U.S. Delegation for the recent World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT).

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Rick Chessen
Senior Vice President, Legal and Regulatory Affairs and Chief Legal Officer

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Rick Chessen is Senior Vice President, Law & Regulatory Policy, for NCTA - The Internet & Television Association. In that role, he manages the NCTA Legal Department and the Association’s relationship with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Chessen joined NCTA in 2009.

Prior to his current position, Chessen spent over 14 years in public service at the FCC. He initially joined the Commission in 1994 as a senior attorney in the Cable Services Bureau and then served in various other positions, including Senior Legal Advisor to former Commissioners Michael Copps and Gloria Tristani, Chair of the FCC’s Digital Television Task Force, and Associate Bureau Chief for the Media Bureau. He also served as Acting Chief of Staff of the Commission in early 2009 during the Acting Chairmanship of Commissioner Copps.

Chessen also has worked in private enterprise and practiced law at several law firms. Chessen holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.

brian dietz
Brian Dietz
Senior Vice President, Strategic Communications

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As Senior Vice President, Strategic Communications for NCTA - The Internet & Television Association, Brian Dietz directs a variety of external communications functions for NCTA including media relations, the organization’s web and online platforms, and the association’s social media and digital advocacy strategy. He also serves as the principal spokesperson for the organization.

Dietz joined NCTA in January 2003. Prior to joining NCTA, Dietz was Executive Director of Communications for AT&T Broadband in Sacramento, CA and Director of Communications for MediaOne, in Minneapolis – St. Paul. He also was press secretary for then-Minnesota Governor Arne Carlson, and Communications Director for the State of Minnesota’s Trade and Economic Development Agency.

Dietz holds a B.A. in Broadcasting from the University of North Dakota, received a graduate certificate in Public Relations from the Masters of Business Communication program at University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN and completed an Executive Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Neal Goldberg
Neal Goldberg
General Counsel

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Neal M. Goldberg is General Counsel of NCTA - The Internet & Television Association (NCTA). He joined NCTA as General Counsel in January, 1994. Goldberg also works on regulatory and litigation matters as a member of NCTA’s Legal and Regulatory Affairs Department.

Goldberg has practiced communications law in Washington, D.C. since 1973 following a year's service as a clerk to a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. From 1978 to 1981 he served as Legal Advisor to FCC Commissioner Tyrone Brown. Before joining NCTA, he was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Chicago's Hopkins & Sutter (now Foley & Lardner). He was at Hopkins & Sutter (and its predecessor firm, Hamel & Park)from 1981 to 1994. In 1988, he took a leave of absence from his firm to serve as an advisor on telecommunications matters and Special Counsel to the Dukakis-Bentsen presidential campaign in Boston.

Goldberg is a graduate of Columbia Law School where he was Articles and Book Reviews Editor of the Columbia Law Review. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Clark University where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Jill Luckett
Jill Luckett
Senior Vice President, Program Network Policy

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Jill Luckett is Senior Vice President of Program Network Policy at NCTA - The Internet & Television Association. Luckett focuses on the legislative and regulatory issues that affect NCTA’s program network members. She serves as an advocate for the programmers’ public policy positions within NCTA and also before Congress and regulatory agencies including the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Before joining NCTA, Luckett was Special Advisor to FCC Commissioner Rachelle Chong, where she was responsible for cable and wireless issues. Prior to the FCC, she spent 12 years in the office of Senator Bob Packwood in a variety of legislative jobs, including Legislative Director. In this capacity, she oversaw and managed Senator Packwood’s legislative agenda, and was also directly responsible for issues within the jurisdiction of the Senate Commerce Committee, including communications and transportation.

Joanna McIntosh
Joanna McIntosh
Senior Vice President and Chief, Government Relations

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A veteran government affairs executive with two decades’ experience representing entertainment, telecommunications and technology companies and organizations, Joanna McIntosh leads NCTA’s government affairs operation and is a key member of the industry’s advocacy before Congress and the Administration. Joanna comes to NCTA from MPAA, where she served as Executive Vice President for Global Policy and External Affairs since 2014.

Before MPAA, Joanna worked in federal government relations at Verizon from 2005 – 2014 and served as General Counsel for the G8 Summit hosted by President George W. Bush in 2003 – 04. She also has previous experience at the Markle Foundation and AT&T. Joanna holds a JD from The George Washington University Law School and is a graduate of Rhodes College.

Rob Stoddard
Rob Stoddard
Senior Vice President, Industry & Association Affairs

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Rob Stoddard is Senior Vice President, Communications & Public Affairs, for NCTA - The Internet & Television Association. He oversees the Association’s media relations efforts, industry-wide public affairs programs, and promotion and publicity for NCTA events and activities.

Before joining NCTA in 2002, Stoddard served as the chief communications officer for a variety of major cable companies, including AT&T Broadband, MediaOne, and Continental Cablevision. Prior to that, Stoddard was vice president of Communications for the Cable Telecommunications Association (CATA), a Washington-based trade association for the owners and operators of cable television systems. He also has served as Washington, D.C., bureau chief for Cardiff Publishing Company; press secretary in Washington, D.C., for U. S. Senator Nancy Landon Kassebaum of Kansas; news and regional executive for United Press International in Boston; and news anchor and editor at several New England radio stations. Stoddard serves on the Board of Directors of the National Press Club Journalism Institute, the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing, and the Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) Washington, DC/Baltimore Chapter. He is also a member of the Cable Center Customer Care Committee.

Stoddard is a former President of the Association of Cable Communicators; former Chairman of the Board of Cable Positive, which for two decades was the cable industry’s foundation for AIDS awareness and education; and formerly served on the national Board of Directors of the WICT Foundation. A member of the Cable Pioneers Club, Stoddard also has been inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Virginia Cable & Telecommunications Association. He is a recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the T. Howard Foundation for support of diversity; the “Friend of NAMIC Award” from the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC); and the President’s Award from the Cable Television Public Affairs Association, for outstanding contributions to cable industry public affairs. Stoddard also has been recognized as a “DC Influencer” by PR Week Magazine. A native of suburban Philadelphia, Stoddard is a graduate of The American University in Washington, D.C. He and his wife, Barbra – a life-long educator, researcher, and writer – reside in Bethesda, Maryland.

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Eleanor Winter
Senior Vice President, Special Projects

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Eleanor Winter serves as Senior Vice President of Special Projects for NCTA - The Internet & Television Association in Washington, D.C. Ms. Winter is responsible for CablePAC, the cable television industry's political action committee. In this capacity, she organizes and coordinates fundraising events for federal candidates and Members of Congress. In addition, Ms. Winter advises NCTA member companies on their fundraising strategies.

Before joining NCTA, Ms. Winter worked for the public relations firm Cribben, Miller and Moses. The firm, with offices in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles, concentrated on political and corporate fundraising projects. Prior to that, Ms. Winter worked for Senator John Stennis from Mississippi and later for Senator Paul Simon from Illinois.

Board of Directors

Board member

Patrick Esser

President, Cox Communications, Inc.

Dave Watson

President & CEO, Comcast Cable and EVP, Comcast Corporation

Gary Shorman

President & CEO, Eagle Communications

Bob Bakish

President & CEO, Viacom, Inc.

Michael K. Powell

President & CEO

Jeffrey DeMond

President & CEO
Vyve Broadband

Frank M. Drendel

CommScope Holding Company, Inc.

Ronald Duncan

President, CEO & Co-Founder
General Communication, Inc.

John D. Evans

Chairman & CEO
Evans Telecommunications Company

Dexter Goei

CEO, Altice N.V.
Chairman & CEO, Altice USA

Alfred Liggins, III

Urban One

John K. Martin

Chairman & CEO
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

Pat McAdaragh

President & CEO

David Nevins

President & CEO
Showtime Networks, Inc.

John Pascarelli

Executive Vice President, Operations
Mediacom Communications Corp

James Pitaro

President, ESPN, Inc.
Co-Chairman, Disney Media Networks

Abbe Raven

Acting Chairman
A+E Networks

Peter Rice

President, 21st Century Fox
Chairman & CEO, Fox Networks Group

Thomas M. Rutledge

Chairman & CEO

Charter Communications

Josh Sapan

President & CEO
AMC Networks

Richard Sjoberg

President & CEO
Sjoberg's, Inc.

Robert J. Stanzione

Executive Chairman

David M. Zaslav

President & CEO
Discovery, Inc.


Cable System Membership


  • Representation on Capitol Hill, at the Federal Communications Commission and at other government agencies

  • Special Reports

  • Participation in the Election of Board Members

  • Expertise of NCTA Staff


Any person, firm or corporation engaged in the business of operating a franchised cable television system is eligible for membership in NCTA. 

SMATV (Satellite Master Antenna Television System), MMDS (Multiple Distribution System) and DBS (Direct Broadcast Satellite) systems are not eligible for Membership. System membership is not open to any incumbent local exchange carrier unless that company was a System member as of February 8, 1996. 

NCTA Bylaws require that a company bring into membership all cable systems that it owns or controls. "Owns or controls" is defined as having a 25% or greater interest in a cable system.


Membership dues are calculated based on total gross revenues derived from the provision of cable services and are charged on a quarterly basis. For details, please download a cable system membership applicationFor information about membership, please call NCTA's Industry & Association Affairs Department at (202) 222-2430, or email [email protected]

Cable Programmer Membership


  • Representation on Capitol Hill, at the Federal Communications Commission and at other government agencies

  • Special Reports

  • Participation in the Election of Board Members

  • Expertise of NCTA Staff


Any person, firm or corporation that, by means other than broadcasting, provides or distributes programming for retransmission by cable systems qualifies for Programmer Membership in NCTA.


Program Network member dues payments to NCTA are calculated based on total gross revenues from direct and indirect U.S. cable sales and are charged on an annual basis. For details, please download a programmer membership application.

For information about membership, please call NCTA's Industry & Association Affairs Department at (202) 222-2430, or email [email protected]

Associate Membership


  • Participation in the Election of Board Members

  • Expertise of NCTA Staff


Any person, firm or corporation engaged in the manufacture or distribution of hardware or software products, other than programming, used in cable television systems qualifies for Associate membership in NCTA.


Associate member dues are based on total gross revenues from direct and indirect U.S. sales or distribution to the cable industry and are charged on an annual basis. For details, please download an associate membership application.

For information about membership, please call NCTA's Industry & Association Affairs Department at (202) 222-2430, or email [email protected]

Affiliate Membership


  • Expertise of NCTA Staff


Any person, firm or corporation which provides a service to cable television systems, e.g., law firms, consulting firms, brokerage firms, banking institutions, etc., qualifies for Affiliate membership in NCTA.


Dues are a flat fee charged on an annual basis. For details, please download an affiliate membership application

For information about membership, please call NCTA's Industry & Association Affairs Department at (202) 222-2430, or email [email protected]

NCTA Member Companies

A+E Networks
Africa Channel
Alticast, Inc.
Altice USA
Altice USA/Suddenlink 
AMC Networks Inc.
Baker Hostetler, LLP 
Blonder-Tongue Labs, Inc.
Bortz Media & Sports Group, Inc.
Broken Bow TV
Cadent Technologies 
Carlsen Resources, Inc.
Casa Systems
Castalia Communications Corp. 
CEA Associates, LLC
Charter Communications
Cim-Tel Cable, Inc.
Clear Creek Mutual Telephone
Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass LLP
Comcast Corporation
CommScope, Inc.
Conax As
Consolidated Cable Solutions
Cox Communications, Inc.
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Discovery, Inc.
Disney Media Networks
Duff & Phelps, LLC
Eagle Communications
EWTN Global Catholic Network
Federated Wireless Inc
Fox Networks Group
GCI Cable Inc.
Hallmark Channel (Crown Media Holdings)
Home Box Office (HBO)
Hood Canal Cablevision
Horowitz Associates, Inc. 
IBB Consulting Group
ION Media Networks
JNR Adjustment Company, Inc.
Keene Valley Video, Inc.
LG Electronics USA Inc.
Mediacom Communications Corporation
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo, P.C.
Moultrie Telecomm. Inc.
Mountain Zone TV
National Geographic Channel (NGC)
Navigate Corporation
Nelson County Cablevision Inc.
Ovation TV
QVC, Inc.
Rasenberger Media LLC
RBC Daniels
Sand Cherry Associates 
Service Electric Cablevision 
Sherman & Howard L.L.C.
Showtime Networks
Sjoberg's, Inc
Smithsonian Networks
SonLife Broadcasting Network 
Sony Movie Channel
TiVo, Inc.
Turner Cable Networks
TV One
Univision Communications Inc.
Veronis Suhler Stevenson
Viacom Media Networks
Vivicast Media, LLC
Vozzcom, Inc.
Vyve Broadband
Waller Capital Corporation
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice
Xavient Information Systems
Zodiac Interactive

Our Facilities

NCTA opens the doors of its Capitol Hill headquarters to showcase a wide array of cutting-edge technology, providing its member companies and their affiliates with an exciting opportunity to develop and expand their Washington, D.C. presence.

Multimedia Theater

One of Washington, DC's most technically advanced locations for premiers, screenings and other industry events, NCTA's two-story, 105 seat, theater features a multi-format high-definition video, 2K and 4K 3D high-frame-rate Dolby Digital Cinema. The theater represents the best audience experiences available including ButtKicker® technology that replicates the "feeling" range of many natural and human sounds and a Dolby Surround 7.1 cinema audio system complete with THX certification.

Anteroom / Theater Lobby

Prior to or following screenings, the Multimedia Theater Lobby is available to member companies for receptions and after-parties. The space can accommodate 40 guests for seated dining events and 100 guests for standing room receptions.


Member companies may host meetings and/or reception events in our multimedia boardroom as well. The boardroom can accommodate 100 seated dining guests, 200 guests for a standing reception and 35 seated conference guests. Microphone, podium, digital projection capabilities and high-definition flat screen televisions are available for member use during such events.

Innovation Center

This 1,000 sq. ft. space showcases how internet and television providers are connecting, entertaining and enriching the lives of American consumers and businesses. You can experience everything from how powerful broadband networks are making immersive gaming and the Internet of Things a reality to how the world’s best “on demand” entertainment can be viewed from your living room or a variety of connected devices.

Video Studio

In addition to theater and multimedia screening capabilities, we also offer members access to a small video studio with basic editing capabilities. Public Service Announcements and other short videos can be filmed with cable-provided HD cameras and edited on-site with Final Cut Pro editing suite. Mounted cameras, web streaming, video, general video capabilities and audio simulcasting are also offered for those looking to reserve the studio. 

If you are interested in reserving the studio, contact Communications & Public Affairs at (202) 222-2364.

NCTA Theater Floor Plan

NCTA Floor Plan