April 22, 2005 -- About CTPAA / Membership / FORUM 2005 / Beacon Awards

Inside This Issue:
FORUM 2005 Opens with Top Cable Executives
Boys & Girls Clubs of America to be Honored with CTPAA Community Bridges Award
NCTA to Hold Key Contact Breakfast Briefing at FORUM 2005
CTPAA Announces ESPN Good Sports and Joel A. Berger Award Winners
Learn How to Talk Cable Tech at CTPAA & SCTE's Crash Course in Broadband Technology
Reserve a Table at the 2005 Beacon Award Ceremony
FSN Rocky Mountain Supports Boys & Girls Clubs
Thank You Corporate Members!

 FORUM 2005 Opens with Top Cable Executives
Several top cable executives will participate in the Opening General Session of FORUM 2005, May 1-4 at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C. The general sessions will reflect the conference theme, "Expanding Cable's Connections," as it relates to the need for cable public affairs professionals to connect with even greater numbers of customers, policy leaders, and members of the media in order to communicate cable's ever expanding range of products and services.

On Monday, May 2, the Opening General Session will feature six innovative executives on such topics as cable's expanding opportunities, competition, policy and the critical role of public affairs. Executives confirmed for the session include George Bodenheimer, President, ESPN, Inc. & ABC Sports; Patrick Esser, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Cox Communications Inc.; Debra Lee, President & COO, Black Entertainment Television; Henry Schleiff, Chairman and CEO, Courtroom Television Network LLC; and Michael Willner, President & CEO, Insight Communications. Susan Swain, Co-COO & Executive Vice President, C-SPAN Networks will moderate the panel.

FORUM will also feature many unique learning opportunities during the 17 scheduled breakouts. These sessions include a wide-ranging and comprehensive line up encompassing every discipline of public affairs. For a detailed FORUM agenda, or to register, visit the FORUM Web page.
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 Boys & Girls Clubs of America to be Honored with CTPAA Community Bridges Award
CTPAA has named Boys & Girls Clubs of America as the inaugural winner of the CTPAA Community Bridges Award. The association created the CTPAA Community Bridges Award in 2004 to recognize outstanding, non-cable industry partner organizations and individuals that take part in cable public affairs initiatives and are often instrumental to the success of those initiatives. Roxanne Spillet, president of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, will accept the award on behalf of the organization.

"Both the cable industry and Boys & Girls Clubs of America are committed to improving the communities in which they serve," said CTPAA president Peter Kiley, vice president of affiliate relations for C-SPAN Networks. "In the past year, they have worked together to provide safe places for children to learn and to play, educate students on Internet safety and media literacy, and help disadvantaged youth reach their full potential."

"We are truly honored to win the inaugural CTPAA Community Bridges Award," said Spillett. "The awareness and support generated by cable companies in hundreds of markets across the country is invaluable to our local Clubs, especially the participation of their employees who serve as positive role models and provide much needed technical assistance."

Across the country, the cable industry has partnered with local Boys & Girls Clubs to help them achieve their mission to inspire and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. Cable companies have shown public service announcements that promoted the activities of Clubs, established technology centers and donated other in-kind services as well as cash grants to Clubs locally and nationally. At the local level, cable employees have provided workshops on Internet safety and media literacy, painted and renovated Clubs, mentored disadvantaged children, and provided them with basic necessities for school such as school supplies, clothing and shoes.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America comprises a national network of some 3,400 neighborhood-based facilities annually serving more than four million young people, primarily from disadvantaged circumstances. Known as "The Positive Place for Kids," the Clubs provide guidance-oriented character development programs on a daily basis for children 6-18 years old, conducted by a full-time professional staff. Key Boys & Girls Club programs emphasize character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, the arts, sports, fitness and recreation.

CTPAA will honor Boys & Girls Clubs of America during the Beacon Awards Gala, set for Tuesday, May 3 at The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C. The Beacon Awards Gala is one of the highlights of CTPAA's FORUM 2005: "Expanding Cable's Connections." 
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 NCTA to Hold Key Contact Breakfast Briefing at FORUM 2005
The NCTA will hold a policy briefing for Key Contacts and CTPAA members intending to visit Members of Congress during their stay in Washington. The briefing will be held on Monday, May 2 from 8:00-8:45 a.m. at the Ritz Carlton in Salon III, Section A. Attendees will be briefed on the cable industry's media literacy efforts and other initiatives to address concerns about indecency on television. Other topics to be discussed include those being considered in Congress such as IP technology, franchising and tax reform, and the anticipated rewrite of the '96 Act. Attendees who require more detailed information can call NCTA's Association Affairs Department at (202) 775-3673 or email Shawn Beqaj at sbeqaj@ncta.com. CTPAA's Forum is always an ideal time to educate Congressional offices about our business, but with the host of cable issues being considered by Congress, it is perhaps more important than ever to schedule Hill appointments this year. Please keep NCTA's Association Affairs Department appraised of any Hill meetings scheduled.
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 CTPAA Announces ESPN Good Sports and Joel A. Berger Award Winners
CTPAA announced the winner of the 2005 ESPN Good Sports Award and Joel A. Berger Award. Time Warner Cable of Maine's Top Pop, Maine's Best Dad Contest will receive the ESPN Good Sports award, given annually to a project that generates outstanding community involvement through education and athletics. The Atlanta Chapter of Cable Positive's Positively Aiding the Fight Against AIDS will receive the Joel A. Berger Award. Named after former publisher of Cablevision Magazine Joel Berger, this award is presented to a cable industry public affairs campaign that achieves exceptional results in the area of AIDS awareness.

Time Warner Cable of Maine's Top Pop contest invited students in grades 4-12 to submit an essay describing their Dad and why he should be named one of Maine's Top Pops. Twenty-five Dads were selected by a panel of judges and honored at a luncheon followed by a Portland Sea Dogs baseball game last June. The first 200 essay entries also received two tickets to attend the game. One "Top" student essay from each grade level - elementary, middle and high school - was chosen and the students won a HD television and one year of Digital/HD programming for their fathers. The teachers of these three students received a new computer for their classrooms. The event helped Time Warner Cable of Maine foster positive relationships with teachers, families, local municipalities, and sponsors, and demonstrate that cable is a valuable community partner.

The Atlanta Chapter of Cable Positive, the cable and telecommunications industry's AIDS action organization, exists to encourage industry professionals in the Atlanta area to get involved in the fight against HIV and AIDS in the communities where they live and work. The chapter launched in 2003 and has had a very successful start. In the past year, it has raised more than $43,800 to fund HIV/AIDS support and education programs of Cable Positive and AID Atlanta, the Southeast's largest AIDS action organization. The chapter has held fundraising events including Gutter Ball 2004: Strike for a Cause and the Positively Art auction, with proceeds going to Cable Positive and AID Atlanta. Volunteers helped out at the annual AIDS Walk Atlanta, and the chapter joined with Atlanta chapters of CTAM, NAMIC and WICT for a joint holiday party fundraiser. Cable Positive's Atlanta chapter has marshaled the resources of the cable industry and gained the active support and sponsorship of 30 cable-related companies. Participation in the chapter has increased by more than 50 percent since November 2003, as the organization becomes well-known in the Atlanta area by supporting critical AIDS education and service programs in the city and nationally.

CTPAA will honor the 2005 ESPN Good Sports Award and Joel A. Berger Award winners during the Beacon Awards Gala as part of FORUM 2005.
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 Learn How to Talk Cable Tech at CTPAA & SCTE's Crash Course in Broadband Technology
To open FORUM 2005, the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) and CTPAA will present a master course for cable professionals who need to understand the expanding number of high-tech services that cable offers. The course, titled "Talking Cable Tech: A Crash Course in Broadband Technology," will take place Sunday, May 1, 2005, from 1 to 5 p.m. Based on SCTE's popular "Cable Technology for the Nontechnical Professional," this accelerated, express version will be a crash course in cable technology focusing on the technologies behind digital video, HDTV, High Speed Internet, Home Networking, VoIP and more. In addition, the seminar will present a peek at technologies just over the horizon to provide participants with an idea of where the industry is headed from a technological perspective. There is an additional fee of $125 for the course ($175 for non-CTPAA members). Visit the CTPAA Web site for more information, including a detailed agenda.
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 Reserve a Table at the 2005 Beacon Award Ceremony
CTPAA is offering reserved tables for the 2005 Beacon Award Ceremony on May 3, 2005, at the Ritz-Carlton, Washington, DC. A reserved table for registered FORUM attendees is $1,500. For dinner guests only, a reserved table at the Beacons Ceremony is $3,000 and includes 10 tickets. For more information, contact Michelle Butler at 202-775-1082 or mbutler@ctpaa.org.
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 FSN Rocky Mountain Supports Boys & Girls Clubs
Fox Sports Net (FSN) Rocky Mountain has entered a long-term partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver to become a Clubhouse Sponsor, providing financial and promotional support, as well as direct involvement in several Club programs. FSN will sponsor the George M. Wilfley Branch in Denver, a Club that opened in 2000 and serves more than 900 boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 18 each year. Club members participate in a variety of programs in education, career planning, character and leadership development, the arts, health and life skills, technology training, and sports, fitness and recreation.

FSN will provide substantial financial support and marketing resources, and will participate in and provide incentives for the Clubs' Youth of the Year Program. FSN will also offer sports clinics and equipment for the Club members, and encourage employees to volunteer at the Club. The Metro Denver organization announced the partnership at their fifth birthday party, a celebration that was attended by more than 125 children. For more information, contact Amy Turner, FSN Rocky Mountain, at 720-898-2718.
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 Thank You Corporate Members!
Join and support CTPAA by becoming a 2005 corporate member. For information on how your organization can join CTPAA as a corporate member, please contact Steve Jones at sjones@ctpaa.org or at 202-775-1083. For membership details, go to ctpaa.org/mcorp.shtml.

Golden Benefactors
A&E Television Networks
Advance/Newhouse Communications
Cablevision Systems Corporation
Charter Communications
Comcast Cable Communications
Cox Communications
Disney & ESPN Media Networks
MTV Networks
NBC Universal Cable
Rainbow Media Holdings
Time Warner Cable
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

Benefactors
Discovery Networks
Lifetime Television
The Weather Channel

Friends & Associates
Adelphia Communications Corporation
AZN TELEVISION
BET
Bresnan Communications
Cable ONE
Cable Telecommunications Association of New York
CableLabs
Court TV
C-SPAN Networks
Florida Cable Telecommunications Association
Fox Cable Networks
Gemstar-TV Guide
GSN. The Network for Games
Hallmark Channel
HBO
Insight Communications
Midcontinent Communications
Motorola, Broadband Communications Sector
Ohio Cable Telecommunications Association
The Outdoor Channel
Outdoor Life Network
Oxygen Media
Scientific-Atlanta
Scripps Networks
Showtime Networks
Starz Entertainment Group
Texas Cable & Telecommunications Association
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