Next month's East Coast Cable 2001 show has been canceled in the wake of the
terrorist tragedies, Atlantic Cable Partners announced Friday.
Atlantic said it reached its unanimous decision to cancel the conference --
slated for Baltimore Oct. 23 through 25 -- after conversations with members and
exhibitors following the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C.,
The group also cited the appropriateness of holding the show so soon after
the tragedies as another reason behind its call to cancel the show.
Atlantic -- comprised of cable associations representing Maryland, Delaware,
the District of Columbia, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania -- also
announced that the 2002 show would be held in Baltimore Oct. 1 through 3 under
the banner of the New Eastern Cable Show. That meeting will combine East Coast
Cable and the Eastern Show.
'Many of our attendees and exhibitors live or work within the region that was
attacked last week,' New Jersey Cable Telecommunications Association president
Karen Alexander said in a prepared statement on behalf of Atlantic. 'We are
acutely aware of the need all Americans are feeling right now to be close to
their loved ones. We feel the appropriate thing to do at this point for all
parties involved is to cancel the show and look forward to bringing the industry
together next year for the first New Eastern Cable Show.'
The backers had hoped to continue with the confab, with an offer of a
fee-free show, said Wayne O'Dell, president of the Cable Telecommunications
Association of Maryland, Delaware and the District of