The Chairman of the powerful House Energy & Commerce Committee‘s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology has been selected as a keynote speaker at the American Cable Association (ACA)‘s 25th anniversary summit.
The event, to be held March 20-22 in Washington, will now be highlighted by the presence of Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.).
Blackburn has been a proponent of closing the nation’s digital divide through bipartisan action and in January sponsored “Net Neutrality” legislation that she claims would guarantee an open Internet while preserving market incentives to deploy broadband infrastructure deeper into unserved and underserved areas.
“Rep. Blackburn’s leadership has been a vital voice in telecommunications policy for many years,” said ACA President/CEO Matthew M. Polka. “We are honored to have her join us and meet ACA members who are deploying broadband across rural America.”
In addition to the Open Internet Preservation Act (H.R. 4686), Blackburn, along with Energy & Commerce Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.), helped unveil four resolutions and a slate of accompanying legislation that established their principles for broadband expansion nationwide.
Created in the early 1990s, the ACA Summit “gives independent cable operators a vehicle for framing the diverse and complex issues in their own words during dozens of meetings on Capitol Hill and with regulators at the FCC.”
This year’s event will take place at the Grand Hyatt, 1000 H Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001.
This year’s Summit includes the annual “fly-in” to Washington with its members and, as such, will use the Twitter hashtag #Summit25 for all social media about the event. One can also track ACA Summit news on Twitter by following @ACASummit.