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The Cable Show

Are you ready for New Orleans?

April 28, 2008

There are only three weeks left before The Cable Show ’08 commences in New Orleans. We’re launching this blog in order to clue you in to all the exciting developments, make sure you have all the information you need to attend and to provide on-site coverage of the Show. I guess the big story is…

Are Storm Clouds Headed Your Way?

April 25, 2008

In our very first post, we promised to bring you guest commentary. I’m pleased to present our first contributor: David Broberg, Vice President of Consumer Video Technology for CableLabs. “Honey (or Dad) will you fix the network again?” That’s the kind of greeting I’ve been getting far too frequently when I come home from work…

24 in 1994

April 24, 2008

We created this blog to tell cable’s story. The cable industry has spent $130 billion on our network since the 1996 Telecommunications Act was passed. That investment of private capital has spurred fundamental change in how we work, play, communicate, and entertain ourselves. Today a friend sent a link to a video that illustrates that…

McSlarrow testifies on net neutrality.

April 22, 2008

NCTA President & CEO Kyle McSlarrow testified today at the Senate Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing “The Future of the Internet.” You can hear an MP3 of his delivered remarks and, earlier today, we featured a post that summarized his remarks. [display_podcast] I particularly note his remarks at 2:22, when he said: Every single…

The Future of the Internet

April 22, 2008

The cable industry has consistently demonstrated its commitment to policies that ensure all Americans have access to affordable broadband. This includes: Proposals to create a fund tailored to expanding broadband into unserved areas. The Broadband Data Improvement Act which would improve federal data collection regarding where broadband services have been deployed in the United States…

Cable Programming

Take control, but keep choice

April 16, 2008

It’s worth revisiting a topic that never goes off the radar: Concern about content. Everybody can agree that cable transformed the television landscape by vastly expanding viewing choices, but not every viewing option is to everybody’s taste. But the important point to remember that what cable delivers is choice. You get a ton of options…

Cable Programming

A la carte: Less for more

April 15, 2008

The issue of mandatory “a la carte” for cable television service continues to be a hot topic. This is actually a pretty broad and complex topic, so I’d like to break it down a bit. For some people, when they think of “a la carte,” they simply mean, “I feel that my cable bill is…