The American Cable Association, during The Independent Show in Boston, presented ACA members and partners with top awards in recognition of their unwavering support for the trade association and the mission to supply hometown America with superior voice, video and broadband Internet services to help foster economic growth and development benefiting all Americans, as the trade association for smaller cable operators put it.
"ACA is pleased to honor these dedicated executives and companies because they do so much for our members and the organization on a consistent basis," ACA CEO Matthew M. Polka said in a release. "With the kind of support we have received from these outstanding people and firms, ACA and its membership will always go far."
ACA's top honors were presented to the following:
Lyn Simpson Grassroots Spirit Award: John Higginbotham, Assistant General Manager for Cable/Telecommunications, Frankfort (Kentucky) Plant Board. This award goes to a company or individual embodying the passion and commitment that Lyn brought to the small operator community in her role as an ACA founding member in the early 1990s. The award underscores the value of commitment, dedication, and sacrifice to the independent cable business.
PAC Individual Award: Julie Laulis, President and Chief Operating Officer, Cable ONE. The PAC Individual Award recognizes enthusiasm, dedication and support for the ACA PAC and for creating a culture of knowledge within the company regarding the ACA PAC's important role and purpose.
PAC Leadership Award: MCTV. This award recognizes MCTV in Massillon, Ohio, for greatly increasing PAC contribution totals and significantly increasing the number of ACA PAC donors in the past year.
ACA Partnership Award: Adara Technologies. This award is for partnership, commitment and support for ACA and independent cable businesses everywhere.
The award presentations were made before hundreds of ACA Members in attendance at The Independent Show, an annual forum held to address key public policy issues facing independent cable operators. The event is hosted by ACA and the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC), a Lenexa, Kansas-based group that buys programming and equipment for U.S. cable operators.