Citing economic doldrums and industry consolidation, Atlantic Cable Partners
and the Southern Cable Telecommunications Association have decided to cancel the
first joint Eastern Show, scheduled for early October.
ACP and the SCTA said holding the joint show -- slated for Baltimore Oct. 1
through 3 -- would not be in the best interests of their 18 member states.
The groups, however, indicated that they would consider holding a joint event
for the Eastern region down the road, and they will convene early this summer to
discuss such options.
SCTA executive director Nancy Horne said the decision was reached unanimously
by the member states during a conference call last week.
'There were a lot of factors: the economic downturn, the slow recovery and
declining attendance at other trade shows,' she said. 'We'll see what transpires
over the next few months and determine what makes sense.'
Horne indicated that those options may not yield a trade meeting. 'We want to
have a forum for the industry in the East, but a cable trade show may not be the
way to go. We'll see what people are thinking about in June,' she added.
Last October, ACP canceled East Coast Cable 2001 after conferring with
members and exhibitors. It also cited the appropriateness of holding the show so
soon after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks as another reason behind its
ACP comprises cable associations representing New York, New Jersey,
Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia. The SCTA
represents 12 states in the Southern region.