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NEW CABLE PROGRAMMING ADDRESSES TOUGH SOCIAL ISSUES

<B><center>NEW CABLE PROGRAMMING ADDRESSES TOUGH SOCIAL ISSUES</center><BR><BR>

Pasadena, CA -- </b>As cable networks conclude five days of program previews today at the Television Critics Association’s (TCA) Press Tour, the array of featured drama series, original movies, news programs and documentary specials once again confirm cable’s position as a leader in providing thought-provoking, issue-oriented programming.<BR><BR>

NEW YEAR, NEW BEGINNINGS, NEW INITIATIVES; CABLE & BROADBAND DIVERSITY ORGANIZATION LAUNCHES INDUSTRY-WIDE DIVERSITY INITIATIVES - $500,000 AVAILABLE IN GRANTS

<B><center>NEW YEAR, NEW BEGINNINGS, NEW INITIATIVES; CABLE & BROADBAND DIVERSITY ORGANIZATION LAUNCHES INDUSTRY-WIDE DIVERSITY INITIATIVES - $500,000 AVAILABLE IN GRANTS</center><BR><BR>

San Francisco, CA:</b> The Walter Kaitz Foundation—the cable and broadband industry’s diversity organization announced today the launch of several new initiatives that will promote diversity within the industry. <BR><BR>

Statement of Dan Brenner, NCTA Senior VP of Law & Regulatory Policy in Reaction to the Supreme Court Decision Regarding Pole Attachment

<p>"Today’s decision is very good news for consumers. It means that utility companies cannot charge arbitrarily higher prices for cable attachments to utility poles simply because cable operators provide their customers with high speed Internet as well as video services. In the face of rising demand for advanced broadband services, today’s decision overcomes a potential impediment to broadband deployment, especially in rural areas."</p>

CABLE 2002: CONNECTING AMERICA; NATIONAL SHOW INNOVATIONS APPEAL TO NCTA EXHIBITORS; Sessions Located to Maximize Floor Traffic

<B><center><I>CABLE 2002: CONNECTING AMERICA</I><br>
NATIONAL SHOW INNOVATIONS APPEAL TO NCTA EXHIBITORS<br>
<i>Sessions Located to Maximize Floor Traffic</I></CENTER><br><br>

Washington, D.C. - </B>The National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) today announced additional Cable 2002 format changes designed to emphasize the National Show exhibition floor and appeal to exhibitors and delegates alike. <br><br>

NCTA Reaction to the TechNet White Paper, "A National Imperative: Universal Availability of Broadband by 2010"

<p>"The tone of the TechNet White Paper, with its emphasis on marketplace rather than regulatory solutions for managing growth, is particularly welcome. Clearly, broadband services will play an increasingly significant role in our lives and in fueling our economy. However, we have some serious concerns about the paper’s call for 100 megabit broadband transmission speeds and ‘last mile’ infrastructure development, which we believe misread current and future market conditions. We’d urge policy makers to carefully scrutinize these points."</p>

Statement of NCTA President & CEO Robert Sachs in Response to FCC Report on the Status of Video Programming Competition

"The FCC's report reaffirms that competitive alternatives to cable continue to enjoy rapid growth with non-cable multichannel video subscribers growing from 16.7 million to 19.3 million between July 1, 2000 and June 30, 2001, an increase of more than 15 percent. This compares to cable growth from 67.7 million to 69 million subscribers or about 1.9 percent, during the same period.

CABLE 2002: CONNECTING AMERICA THEME FOR NCTA'S ANNUAL CONVENTION AND INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION

<b>Washington, D.C.</b> – <i>Cable 2002: Connecting America</i> is the theme for the 51st Annual Convention &amp; International Exposition hosted by the National Cable &amp; Telecommunications Association (NCTA).

STATEMENT OF NCTA PRESIDENT & CEO ROBERT SACHS REGARDING AT&T/COMCAST MERGER

"The AT&amp;T Broadband/Comcast merger brings together two of the top management teams in the cable business and positions the companies well to compete with phone giants the likes of SBC and Verizon, and the proposed EchoStar/DirecTV direct broadcast satellite powerhouse. Consumers will be the beneficiaries of vigorous competition between the cable, telephone and satellite industries."<br /><br />

Rob Stoddard Joins NCTA as SVP, Communications and Public Affairs

<p><b>WASHINGTON, D.C. - </b>National Cable &amp; Telecommunications Association (NCTA) President &amp; CEO Robert Sachs announced today that Rob Stoddard, Senior Vice President, Public Relations, AT&amp;T Broadband, will join NCTA as Senior Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs, effective January 2, 2002.</p>

STATEMENT OF NCTA PRESIDENT & CEO ROBERT SACHS REGARDING EXCITE@HOME BANKRUPTCY COURT CASE

"We are deeply disappointed by the Bankruptcy Court’s decision, which failed to take into account the substantial impact it would have on consumers. Most unfortunately, the court’s decision is likely to result in temporary disruptions for Excite@Home customers who have enjoyed a service that has seen rapid deployment and produced high customer satisfaction. Cable operators are working around the clock to implement solutions to restore high speed Internet service to Excite@Home customers."<br /><br />

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