Big Easy a Big Question for NCTA

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With authorities saying that it could take several months before New Orleans will become inhabitable, it’s becoming more and more likely that the National Cable & Telecommunications Association could be forced to seek an alternate site for its convention next May.

Several news organizations on Thursday reported that dead bodies were lying outside the convention center, which was also being used to house stranded New Orleans residents. Most of the city remains flooded, and there is no water or electricity service.

The National Show is scheduled to be held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans from May 21-23.

NCTA spokesman Brian Dietz said Thursday that convention organizers still hope to hold the National Show in New Orleans this May. But he said the NCTA is also exploring contingency plans, although he declined to specify what options the group is considering.

Dietz said the NCTA was also exploring how the cable industry could aid in helping the Gulf Coast region recover from Hurricane Katrina. He said the group organized a conference call Thursday morning with cable operators and networks.

“A lot of great ideas have been through out for discussion, and we’re in the process of evaluating options for how the industry can collectively develop both a short and long-term response,” Dietz said.

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