Monthly Archives: June 2008

Clearing the air on CableCARDs & tru2way

There have been quite a few announcements in recent months about cable’s progress towards deploying tru2way, but unfortunately, there continues to be some confusion in the blogosphere about the future of CableCARDs and exactly how tru2way devices will work. For example, I see tru2way described as “CableCARD 2.0,” which is cute but not technically correct. […]

Discussion with Robert Scoble

Just met with Robert Scoble of fast . . . fun to meet with one of the leading bloggers in the tech sphere, and we both agreed that more conversations between those of us who do Washington policy work and those who do (and write about) technology should take place.  We covered the usual […]

More on Online Safety

Recently, I mentioned the PointSmart.ClickSafe. Summit, which took place in Washington, D.C.  Here is some more information about what took place. [youtube alk3FQyTdJs] Joe Laramie, from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, spoke at the Summit, appearing on a panel entitled “Children’s Online Safety in Context: The Health/Prevention Science View.” In this interview, he […]

Fisticuffs, Beltway Gin Mills and Direct Competitor Blogging

On Friday morning, Tom Tauke took to Verizon’s blog to post thoughts on the rumored FCC decision reversing the bureau’s suggested dismissal of cable’s complaint about the telco’s “retention marketing”.  NCTA President Kyle McSlarrow drafted a response here and on Verizon’s blog.  The back and forth went on late into the night with Kyle posting […]

There You Go Again. . .

[Ed. Note: This is in response to a post on Verizon’s Policy Blog, by Tom Tauke.] Tom, I have great respect for you but your blog this morning was a little over the top. “Thwart consumer choice?” C’mon, Tom. This is really about Verizon trying to thwart competition . . . again. Here is what […]

Donate to New Orleans

Purchase an official Battle of the Bands Charity Fundraiser t-shirt to continue supporting CableCares efforts in New Orleans. Each t-shirt is only $25 and we will ship it to you for free. Just e-mail us at [email protected] and tell us what size you need (S-XL) and how many. Don’t forget to include your contact info […]

CableCares raised over $900,000 for New Orleans

The final tally is in. CableCares with your help managed to bring in over $900,000. Money that was used to help out the city of New Orleans. Hundreds of volunteers from both cable and the community joined forces to: Build two new playgrounds at Sarah T. Reed and Fannie C. Williams Elementary Clean, landscape, and […]

Cable Saves Your Summertime

We’re still about a week away from the summer solstice, but it sure feels like summer already. The massive heatwave in Washington, D.C. this week helped set the tone, but the available programming on broadcast television also contributes. It’s no secret that cable programming has been doing very well in recent years, especially as compared […]

Online Safety Summit

Several years ago, the cable industry launched the “Take Control. It’s Easy.” campaign in order to educate the public about TV parental controls. We operated in the belief that the best way to address concerns about what kids watch on TV was to educate and empower parents and caregivers to make decisions about what and […]

“Cable’s Broadband Platform: Innovation for the Consumer”

NCTA President & CEO Kyle McSlarrow will participate in a National Press Club “Newsmaker” Media Briefing today at noon (ET). In his address, entitled “Cable’s Broadband Platform: Innovation for the Consumer,” he is expected to challenge the notion that there is a rivalry between innovation taking place at the edge of or in the network. […]