Three Times A Keynote: Pai Picked Again To Address ACA Summit


WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Cable Association (ACA)‘s annual summit in 2018 saw the FCC’s top dog deliver its keynote address. It marked a return for Chairman Ajit Pai, who had the honor in 2017.

It seems ACA members can’t get enough Pai. Attendees of its upcoming 26th annual event will enjoy an appearance that will likely be far from a repeat performance.

Pai will deliver the keynote address at the ACA’s 26th Summit on March 19-21 in Washington, D.C. Why is the ACA Summit turning to him for the third consecutive year?

“Since becoming Chairman two years ago, Pai has launched an aggressive agenda to foster the deployment of broadband network infrastructure, close the digital divide, and eliminate unnecessary regulations,” said ACA President/CEO Matthew M. Polka. “We look forward to hearing the Chairman discuss his plans for upcoming FCC actions.”

Under Chairman Pai’s leadership, the FCC has eliminated Title II regulation of broadband Internet access service — a.k.a. “net neutrality.” For the ACA and Polka, this is a good thing, just as the Pai Commission has facilitated pole attachments, awarded Connect America Fund support via reverse auction, and allocated substantial amounts of spectrum for 5G and unlicensed services. “Moreover, he’s modernized media regulations,” said Polka.

Pai is scheduled to have a fireside chat with Polka on Thursday, March 21, at 8:20 a.m.

The theme for this year’s ACA Summit is “We Connect.” This year’s program will showcase how ACA members connect with their communities and customers as well as with policymakers at the FCC and in Congress.

Created in the early 1990s, the ACA Summit gives such independent companies 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.

The 26th annual ACA summit will take place at the Grand Hyatt, 1000 H Street N.W., Washington, D.C. This year’s Summit includes the annual “fly-in” to Washington with its members and, as such, will use the Twitter hashtag #Summit26 for all social media about the event. You can also track ACA Summit news on Twitter by following @ACASummit.