O’Rielly Added To ACA Summit Agenda


FCC Chairman Ajit Pai won’t be the only member of the Commission to have the podium at the upcoming American Cable Association annual summit, set for late March in Washington.

Republican Commissioner Michael O’Rielly (pictured) will address ACA Summit attendees at 3pm in a 30-minute speech.

“We look forward to hearing the Commissioner again provide insights on the key issues facing small and midsized providers,” said ACA President/CEO Matthew M. Polka.

ACA’s Summit theme this year is “WeConnect,” which builds on ACA members’ commitment to their customers and communities. ACA members once again are expected to attend this year’s Summit, which will feature a daylong policy forum followed by a day of meetings at the FCC and on Capitol Hill.

“Over the past six years, our members have developed real respect for Commissioner O’Rielly,” said Polka. “Invariably, he listens closely to the concerns of smaller providers, and he has shown that he understands the challenges of building networks in rural communities. He has visited our members and witnessed how they invest in employees with technology training, assist schools with expanded online educational tools, and offer broadband choices to local businesses.”

Commissioner O’Rielly was nominated for a seat on the FCC by President Barack Obama on August 1, 2013, and was confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate on October 29, 2013. He was sworn into office on November 4, 2013. On January 29, 2015, he was sworn into office for a new term, following his re-nomination by the president and confirmation by the Senate.