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DC2U - Episode 9 (Rep. Greg Gianforte)

Rep. Greg Gianforte is our featured guest in this edition of the DC2U video and podcast presented by ACA Connects. A Montana Republican first elected in 2016 to represent the entire state, Rep. Gianforte serves on the House Subcommittee on Communications & Technology, where the pace of rural broadband deployment has surged to the forefront of that panel’s public policy agenda. “It’s so vital for healthcare. It’s important for education,” Rep. Gianforte tells podcast host ACA Connects...


DC2U - Episode 8 (Rep. Brett Guthrie)

Rep. Brett Guthrie of Kentucky is a Republican member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, a panel with jurisdiction over hundreds of communications providers who are members of ACA Connects. Guthrie’s district is famous for Fort Knox and the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln. On this podcast episode of DC2U, Rep. Guthrie shares with host ACA Connects President and CEO Matthew M. Polka his thoughts on key policy debates related to communications amid all the tension associated with the...


DC2U - Episode 7 (Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers)

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is a House Republican who represents Washington’s 5th district, which includes the eastern portion of that state and counts Canada, Oregon and Idaho as contiguous neighbors. First elected to the House in 2004, Rep. McMorris Rodgers is concerned about access to broadband technology, given the rural profile of her district. As she explains in this episode of DC2U, Rep. McMorris Rodgers says broadband deployment is a major concern among her constituents. “As I travel...


ACAC - Episode 17 (Rural Is Real)

The phrase “rural is real” can mean a lot of things, but for independent communications executive Phil Spencer, it means a great opportunity to deliver top-notch broadband access to address consumers’ seemingly unquenchable demand for high-speed data services. Spencer, who is President & CEO of MegaBroadband Investments (MBI), explains the rural broadband outlook in this edition of our ACA Connects podcast, in a conversation with host Matthew M. Polka, who is ACA Connects President and CEO....


ACAC - Episode 16 (Retransmission Consent And STELAR Reauthorization Panel with ACA Connects Members)

With an estimated $11 billion in payments in 2019 moving from consumers to just a handful of corporate TV station owners like Nexstar, Sinclair and the “Big 4” networks, never has the price of “free TV” been so expensive. For this sad state of affairs, consumers who are pay-TV customers of hundreds of ACA Connects members can thank a federal policy called “retransmission consent.” At the end of year, consumer protections found in federal law -- one of which requires TV stations to negotiate...


ACAC - Episode 15 (From the SCTE Show Floor – Connecting the Home!)

SCTE-ISBE CableTec EXPO ACA Connects Panel on Network Management and Broadband Growth for Mid-Size and Small ISPs Matt Polka, President and CEO of ACA Connects-America’s Communications Association, moderated a panel on the SCTE Innovation Show Floor Wed., Oct. 2, 2019, in New Orleans, with four key tech strategists on both the ISP and vendor side. Matt’s guests all have operator experience and now work strengthening the broadband connection in the home. Matt’s guests included Josh...


DC2U - Episode 6 (The Experts Discuss the “5G Plus Plan”)

Want some real news from a few key D.C. policy insiders on the fate of the C-Band spectrum? Then search no further than this edition of DC2U, ACA Connects’ podcast and videocast hosted by ACA Connects President and CEO Matthew M. Polka. To get a good idea of the underlying issues and policy alternatives related to clearing the C-Band, Polka turned to three policy experts: ACA Connects Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Ross Lieberman, Charter Communications Vice President of...