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Neil Smit Begins Tenure as Chairman of NCTA Board

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Neil Smit, President and CEO of Comcast Cable and Executive Vice President of Comcast Corporation, officially began his tenure as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) on January 1, 2014. Smit, who was elected Chairman at the November 2013 NCTA Board meeting, takes over for Glenn Britt who has retired from Time Warner Cable.

NCTA President & CEO Michael Powell said:

U.S. Energy Department, Pay-Television Industry and Energy Efficiency Groups Announce Set-Top Box Energy Conservation Agreement; Will Cut Energy Use for 90 Million U.S. Households, Save Consumers Billions

Non-Regulatory Consensus Agreement to Cut Five Million Tons of CO2 Annually

Statement of NCTA President & CEO Michael Powell Regarding House Committee Approval of the FCC Process Reform Act

"We applaud Chairman Walden, Ranking Member Eshoo and members of the House Communications and Technology Subcommittee for moving the FCC Process Reform Act through the committee. It is our firm belief that this bipartisan legislation advances our shared goal of encouraging greater transparency and predictability in agency decision making. We encourage the full House to act quickly in considering and approving this legislation.”

Statement of NCTA President & CEO Michael Powell Regarding U.S. House Approval of the Innovation Act

“U.S. House approval of the Innovation Act sends a strong message that abusive patent lawsuits are causing serious harm to our nation’s economy and need to be stopped. We applaud the leadership of Chairman Goodlatte in shepherding the legislation through the House, and urge the Senate to quickly take up and approve this important measure.”

Statement of NCTA President & CEO Michael Powell Regarding the Announcement from Chairmen Upton and Walden Regarding Updating the Communications Act

“We have long maintained that many of the laws governing the communications marketplace are frayed. Since their creation, the landscape has been transformed – new, unimagined products and services as well as dramatic changes in market structure. We are prepared and pleased to work with Chairmen Upton and Walden and the entire Committee to carefully re-examine the aging Communications Act.”

Statement of NCTA Regarding House Judiciary Committee Passage of the "Innovation Act of 2013"

"We applaud the House Judiciary Committee and Chairman Goodlatte on committee passage of the “Innovation Act of 2013” (HR 3309), bipartisan legislation that will help deter patent trolls. American companies must be able to create jobs, grow their business and focus on innovation rather than be hampered by unjustified patent litigation. We look forward to working with members for passage of this bill through the full House."

Statement of NCTA Regarding the Patent Transparency and Improvements Act of 2013

"We congratulate Chairman Leahy and Sen. Lee on the introduction of bipartisan patent legislation, the Patent Transparency and Improvements Act of 2013. As a growing chorus of interested stakeholders can attest, responsible legislative reforms to discourage unnecessary patent litigation are sorely needed so that American companies can focus on innovation, job creation and economic growth instead of frivolous litigation. We look forward to working with Chairman Leahy and Sen.

NCTA Statement on Consumer Choice in Online Video Act

"Consumers today have an ever-growing roster of online video offerings in addition to robust multichannel video services. Services like Netflix already have almost 30 million U.S. subscribers – far larger than any single multichannel video provider. In addition, Hulu, iTunes, Amazon Prime, Redbox, Vudu, Vimeo, Boxee, Roku, AppleTV and YouTube are providing consumers with increasing options for competitive entertainment choices, facilitated in large part by massive ongoing investments in broadband networks.

Statement of NCTA President & CEO Michael Powell Regarding Senate FCC Confirmations

“We congratulate Tom Wheeler and Mike O’Rielly on their confirmations to serve on the Federal Communications Commission and look forward to working with them in their new positions. Both individuals bring an abundance of experience and deep knowledge of media, technology and telecommunications that will serve them well as the Commission considers important policy issues.  With the Commission soon to be at full strength, we would also be remiss not to compliment Acting Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn for her steady hands and for the significant contributions made by the FCC under her watch.

Statement of NCTA Regarding the “Innovation Act of 2013”

"We applaud Chairman Goodlatte on the introduction of bipartisan patent legislation, the “Innovation Act” (HR 3309). The bill will help deter patent trolls and put an end to unjustified patent litigation, enabling American companies to focus on innovation, job creation and economic growth. We look forward to working with Chairman Goodlatte and the bipartisan cosponsors towards passage of this important legislation."

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