Posts By Michael Powell

A New Chapter

Last week, NCTA – The Internet & Television Association introduced our new brand. The change was made to reflect the dramatic changes that are underway in the marketplace, in technology, in the way consumers access their digital life and in the products and services our industry delivers. The near future is exciting. A true commitment to […]

Why NCTA is Now The Internet & Television Association

Today is an important day for the future of NCTA. I’m thrilled to announce that we have officially changed our brand to NCTA – The Internet & Television Association. This new brand will be the association’s formal name in all aspects of our public image and work. So why did we change?  Because we want […]

The State of My Industry: Telling the Story of a Live Democracy

Originally posted on LinkedIn Pulse on March 23, 2016 A year ago, I wrote about the state of my industry and proudly reported that while we faced challenges, we were fast at work changing stereotypes, meeting the needs of digital consumers, and playing a central role in the Internet revolution. These things are still true, […]

How a Commitment to Veterans Makes the Cable Industry Stronger

Of the many reasons I’m proud to be a part of the cable industry, perhaps the biggest is our role in improving the communities we touch. Over the past 20 years, we’ve created millions of local jobs and contributed billions of dollars to charities and non-profits. Not to mention, the infrastructure that we’ve built across […]

Don’t Hit Rewind on TV Revolution

Originally posted on September 15, 2015 in USA TODAY as an opposing view to this USA TODAY editorial. A government effort to power up a cable box market is backward looking. USA TODAY regularly writes about how online video is transforming the TV experience, allowing consumers if they wish to “cut the cord.” The marketplace has attracted lots […]

On the Importance of ‘Regulatory Humility’

Originally posted in CNET on July 20th, 2015 as part of its “20 Years of Tech.” In the Broadway musical “Rent,” there’s a song titled “525,600 Minutes” that asks poignantly: How do you measure a year in your life (“in daylights, in sunsets, in midnights, in cups of coffee”). It is interesting to consider what serves […]

How We’re Changing the Stereotype of the Cable Guy

Originally posted on LinkedIn Pulse on June 8th, 2015 The cable industry faces many challenges, but most of them provide exciting opportunities to remake the industry for the Digital Age and better serve the changing desires of consumers. That transformation is now underway. We continue to push the boundaries of what’s possible over our networks, […]

Why We Are Appealing The FCC’s Title II Decision

Today, NCTA filed a Petition for Review of the FCC’s February 26, 2015 order which reclassified broadband Internet service as a public utility, or telecommunications service, under Title II of the Communications Act. We filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. So why are we appealing? It has nothing to do […]

I Support Net Neutrality, But That’s Not What The FCC Just Did

Originally published by CNET on February 27th, 2015 The Federal Communications Commission just approved one of the most expansive regulatory actions in the agency’s history. In one stroke, the commission has tainted its independence, radically departed from a decades-old bipartisan national policy of not regulating the Internet and expansively broadened its regulatory power without direction from […]