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Statement of NCTA President & CEO Michael Powell Regarding Approval of the STELA Draft by the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology

“We applaud Chairmen Upton and Walden, Ranking Members Waxman and Eshoo and the entire subcommittee for their bipartisan efforts to advance the STELA draft on to the full committee. We are especially pleased that committee members have worked collaboratively to eliminate the FCC’s Integration Ban, an unnecessary rule that has increased significantly both the cost and energy consumption of cable leased set-top boxes while offering no consumer benefit. We look forward to working with the full committee on this important legislation.”

Statement of NCTA President & CEO Michael Powell Regarding NAB’s Misguided Attack on Cable Advertising

"NAB's latest attack is an unfortunate and desperate attempt to divert attention from examination of discrete broadcast ownership issues. This collateral attack on pay TV providers should be seen for what it is – a transparent stunt to muddy the waters and confuse the issue."

NCTA ANNOUNCES THE INITIAL SPEAKER LINE-UP FOR THE CABLE SHOW 2014 FEATURING LEADERS IN MEDIA, ENTERTAINMENT AND POLITICS

The Annual Convention Will Host Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and top executives from AMC Networks, Comcast, Cisco, Cox, ESPN, Time Warner Cable, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., Suddenlink, Producers from “Mad Men”, “Masters of Sex”, “Sons of Anarchy”, “The Divide”

NEIL SMIT AND PATTY MCCASKILL TOP LIST OF NCTA’S 2014 VANGUARD WINNERS

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Neil Smit, President & CEO, Comcast Cable and Executive Vice President, Comcast Corporation, and Patty McCaskill, Senior Vice President & Chief Programming Officer, Suddenlink Communications, are the 2014 recipients of the cable industry’s top honor, the Vanguard Award for Distinguished Leadership.

Statement of NCTA Regarding House Passage of the FCC Process Reform Act

"We applaud members of the House for passing the FCC Process Reform Act, and especially thank Chairman Walden and Ranking Member Eshoo for their work on this bill. This bipartisan legislation furthers the important objective of encouraging greater transparency and predictability in FCC decision making, and ensures that business can continue to invest and innovate with more consistent federal oversight. We hope the Senate will soon consider and approve this legislation."

Statement of NCTA Regarding Energy & Commerce Committee Discussion Draft of the Reauthorization of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act

"We support legislation offered by Chairmen Upton and Walden reauthorizing STELA, and proposing narrowly targeted video reforms. We particularly support eliminating the FCC's integration ban rule - a rule that applies only to cable operators among MVPD competitors and that forces consumers to bear needless costs. And we support efforts to address anticompetitive concerns that consumers are harmed by local broadcasters jointly negotiating signal carriage agreements.

Statement of NCTA Regarding Expected FCC Order on Joint Retransmission Consent Negotiations

"We are pleased that Chairman Wheeler intends to circulate an order that would rein in the anticompetitive practice which currently allows separately owned broadcast stations to jointly negotiate for retransmission consent payments. As Chairman Wheeler stated, this type of coordinated behavior has resulted in increased prices which are ultimately borne by consumers. We urge the Commission to move forward in adopting the Chairman’s proposal."

THE CABLE SHOW PARTNERS WITH SHORTSHD™ THE SHORT MOVIE CHANNEL FOR 48-HOUR STUDENT FILM COMPETITION IN LOS ANGELES, CA

The Cable Show and ShortsHD™, the world's only Short Movie Channel in high-definition (www.shorts.tv), are teaming up to launch a special 48-hour student short film competition during The Cable Show 2014 on April 29 – May 1 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Statement of NCTA President & CEO Michael Powell Regarding Rep. Dingell Retirement Announcement

"In a lifetime of public service, Rep. Dingell has made an indelible mark working to advance the cause of his constituents and our nation. His leadership in the House will be missed, and his “Dingell-grams” will remain legendary. As the longest serving Member of Congress, he has approached each and every challenge with his trademark determination and wit, and has been a true guiding force in advancing major communications legislation for decades. I have personally had the privilege of working with and learning from Mr. Dingell.

Statement of NCTA President & CEO Michael Powell Regarding Today’s FCC Action on Closed Captioning

"The cable industry is committed to providing high-quality captioning to our customers and we would like to thank Chairman Wheeler for his thoughtful approach to this important issue. The identification and development of captioning best practices will help advance our common goal. We look forward to continuing to work constructively with the Commission, the deaf and hard-of-hearing community, and other interested stakeholders to evaluate progress and to build on our ongoing efforts to provide high-quality captioning."

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