Washington, D.C. - Featuring leaders in the forefront of broadband deployment, Cable 2001, the 50th Annual Convention & International Exposition hosted by the National Cable Television Association (NCTA), will open June 10, 2001 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois.

"The cable industry is delivering on the promise of broadband and has become the clear choice for bringing the benefits of the Internet age to American consumers," said Jerry Kent, NCTA Convention Chairman and President & CEO of Charter Communications, Inc. "NCTA attendees will get a first-hand look at the latest advances in digital technology - products and services that are changing the way people work, communicate and spend their leisure time."

In addition to the convention theme, NCTA also announced the following session details.

Char Beales, President and CEO, Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM) will host the Opening Plenary Session on June 10, at 1:30 p.m. (CDT). The session, Hot Off the Wire - The Truth Behind the Headlines will feature a look at the new world of digital cable, with an expert panel setting the stage for Cable 2001 with an analysis of the key issues that are making the news.

NCTA also announced that Sue Herera, co-host of CNBC's Business Center will host the Convention's Opening General Session on Monday, June 11 at 9:15 a.m. The Monday panel will feature some of the industry's top leaders - including Jerry Kent, President and CEO of Charter Communications; Brian Roberts, President and CEO of Comcast Corp.; and Mel Karmazin, President and COO of Viacom, Inc.

Tuesday's General Session, We're Making Broadband Happen will feature: Carole Black, President and CEO, Lifetime Entertainment Services; Nick Davatzes, President, A&E Television Networks; Jon DeVaan, Senior Vice President, Microsoft TV Division; Maggie Wilderotter, President and CEO, Wink Communications; and Michael Willner, President, Insight Communications, Inc.

Further session and speaker details will be announced in the coming weeks.

Back by Popular Demand: A la Carte Registration Fees

In the wake of a successful trial at last year's convention, Cable 2001 participants interested in registering for the convention on a daily basis may do so starting April 16, 2001. The a la carte registration fees are as follows:

1. Access to Sessions on Sunday only - Member: $100/Nonmember: $150
2. Access to Sessions and Exhibits on Monday only - Member: $175/Nonmember: $225
3. Access to Exhibits on Monday only: Member: $135/Nonmember: $210
4. Access to Sessions and Exhibits on Tuesday only - Member: $150/Nonmember: $210
5. Access to Exhibits on Tuesday only - Member: $105/ Nonmember: $185
6. Access to Sessions and Exhibits on Wednesday only - Member: $60; Nonmember: $100
7. Access to Exhibits on Wednesday only - Member: $45; Nonmember: $90

After June 7, delegates must register on-site. On-site registrations will increase.

Additional, up-to-the-minute Cable 2001 information, including convention schedule and registration materials, is available via the official web site (www.cable2001.com); from the Cable 2001 Fax on Demand Hotline (732/544-2514); or from the NCTA's Department of Industry Affairs (202/775-3669).