Association of Cable Communicators, CPR Facts

December 18, 2009 -
About ACC / Membership / FORUM / Beacon Awards

Inside This Issue:

Comcast and One Economy Launch Digital Education Effort in Massachusetts

Comcast and One Economy have launched the latest location of their Digital Connectors program in Springfield, Mass.The program teaches teens and young adults about broadband technologies and how to put that knowledge to work in a variety of community service activities.

Digital Connectors will take place during after-school hours at the Urban League of Springfield where New Leadership Charter School teenage students, from diverse and low-income backgrounds, will gather three times a week to learn digital literacy skills. The curriculum covers real world application for broadband technology. Students learn leadership skills as well as financial literacy, civic journalism, community service elements, and how to physically work with the mechanics of broadband technology.
Participants will then volunteer at community-based organizations, senior centers, and churches to improve digital literacy among the residents of Springfield. Comcast employees will also mentor the students and help them develop leadership skills.

Digital Connectors has already launched in Washington, D.C., and Houston, Texas, and will expand to 19 other cities across the nation. Digital Connectors builds on a similar, pre-existing program created by One Economy, a non-profit organization devoted to teaching digital literacy to low-income individuals. For more information, visit
Comcast's Web site and One Economy.

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Get Involved With ACC by Volunteering on a Committee

Are you interested in getting connected to ACC in a fresh way? ACC is looking for volunteers for our FORUM, Beacon Award and ACC Board Committees. Get involved and help mold ACC programs to meet the needs of cable communicators.

FORUM Committee members will help determine the agenda and promote FORUM 2010 to the industry. Beacon Award volunteers manage the complete entry process from promotion to judging to the Beacon Awards Gala. Board Committees develop association programs and help members get connected to one another.

For more information on the committees, go to ACC’s Web site. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact ACC by emailing or calling 800-210-3396. You can also print out a volunteer form and fax it to ACC at 202-222-2371.

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Time Warner Cable Connects Soldiers to Football Championship

Time Warner Cable’s News 14 Carolina network gave currently deployed Fort Bragg soldiers the opportunity to watch a North Carolina State High School Football Championship game on December 12. The soldiers, some of whom have sons on the teams, were able to watch a live stream of the Jack Britt vs. David Butler 4AA game on

“Time Warner Cable and News 14 Carolina want to do everything we can to support our troops so courageously protecting our country,” Alan Mason, vice president and general manager, News 14 Carolina, said in a statement. “We understand how hard it is for parents to be away from their children, especially during the holidays and other special events. It is our hope that by streaming this game life on News, soldiers can experience the play by play action as if they were able to cheer on their sons from the sidelines.”

News 14 tapes all eight state title games and has made them available on Time Warner Cable’s Carolina On Demand Channel. For more information, visit

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Boost Your Professional Image with ACC Social Networking

ACC makes it easy to show your commitment to the industry in your online professional profile by having a presence on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Join and follow ACC for the latest in cable communications information, opportunities, and networking. Today, your online presence plays a large role in shaping your professional image; you want it to reflect every aspect of your career. Membership in professional associations shows your dedication to advancing the industry and is a key component of career building. Make sure you’re known as an ACC member by following us on Twitter and joining our Facebook and LinkedIn groups.

To follow ACC on Twitter, simply go to Not tweeting yet? Join at

ACC's Facebook and LinkedIn groups keep you plugged into a nationwide community of cable communicators with updated articles, discussions, and events. For more information, contact Prasana William, Membership Services Coordinator, at or 800-210-3396.

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Congratulations CableFax 100!

CableFax annually honors the most influential people in the cable industry with its CableFax 100 list. This year, five ACC members were acknowledged: Nomi Bergman, President of Bright House Networks; Glenn Britt, Chairman, President and CEO of Time Warner Cable; Bob Miron, Chairman of Advance/ Newhouse Communications; Steve Miron, CEO of Bright House Networks; and Susan Swain, president and co-COO, C-SPAN.

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Discovery Receives 2009 U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center Partnership Award

Discovery Channel Global Education Partnership (DCGEP) and program associate Chevron have been selected to receive the 2009 U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center Partnership Award. The seven-year partnership has brought educational training and resources to schools in Africa and South America.

The honor is a part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center’s Corporate Citizenship Awards. The program showcases businesses, trade associations and chambers of commerce that have demonstrated ethical leadership and corporate stewardship, made a positive difference in their communities, and contributed to the advancement of important economic and social goals. The public was invited to vote online for this year’s Partnership Award—with DCGEP and Chevron coming in first after 20,000 votes were cast.

The initiative between the two companies has created 65 Learning Centers across Angola, Nigeria, South Africa, Venezuela and Brazil. Each center provides teachers with three years of training and mentoring. They also provide DVD players, televisions and libraries of locally relevant educational videos to complement lesson plans. Results have shown that the centers increase student enrollment and improve academic performance.

“While our work is simple, the results are exceedingly powerful. Seeing students' eyes light up when they first witness a space shuttle leave the Earth's orbit affirms the importance of our mission, and we are thrilled that the U.S. Chamber recognizes the commitment that Chevron and Discovery Channel Global Education Partnership make every day to students and communities," Dr. Gail Ifshin, president, Discovery Channel Global Education Partnership, said in a statement.

DCGEP was established in 1997 and has reached over 250 communities across the world. The organization seeks to empower teachers to use video to supplement math and science curriculum, as well as expose students to other cultures and ideas. Each site is locally-managed and incorporates documentary footage and expert input from Discovery to create relevant lessons. For more information, visit

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ACC Offers Trial Membership—Six Months Free!

Now is the best time to encourage your peers to join ACC. The association has instituted a new “test drive” trial membership initiative that will allow prospective members to participate in the association’s various programs and professional development activities on a trial basis for six months free and without further obligation.

The “test drive” concept will allow prospective members to join the organization without paying any up-front fees, and experience all the benefits ACC has to offer, including a comprehensive Web site, online chats and Webinars and ACC Briefs on key topics of interest for six months.  To continue benefits and access to ACC programs after the trial period ends, new members simply pay half of the first year’s dues, or $100 to complete the year.  The “test drive” program runs through December 31, 2010. For more information, contact Prasana William at or 800-210-3396.

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Cox Donates Tech Centers to Boys & Girls Clubs

Cox Communications plans to donate brand new computer technology centers to Boys and Girls Club locations in Hampton Roads, Va.; Omaha, Neb.; and Orange County, Calif. The donation is in honor of the operator’s launch of wireless phone and mobile broadband services to test groups in these areas.

Each tech center is worth approximately $25,000 and includes new computers and Internet access provided by Cox. The centers will also feature education about safe and responsible use of technology. According to a statement, Cox selected the Boys and Girls Club “because of their great need for advanced technology and ‚Ķtheir commitment to enriching the lives of young people.”

The tech center in Omaha’s Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands Westside unit opened on December 15. Some of the 1,100 students at the Westside unit do not have access to computers at home. In a statement on the organization’s Web site, Fred Schott, president and CEO of Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands, said he believes the updated technology will level the education playing field for these students. For more information, contact David Grabert at

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Congratulations 2009 Most Powerful Women in Cable Honorees

CableFax: The Magazine honors women who have made a significant impact on the cable industry this year with the 2009 Most Powerful Women in Cable list in this month’s issue. Eight ACC members have been honored: Char Beales, president and CEO, CTAM;  Nomi Bergman, president, Bright House Networks;  Denise Conroy-Galley, senior vice president of marketing and research, Outdoor Channel; Ellen East, executive vice president of corporate communications, Time Warner Cable; Kiera Hynninen, executive vice president of marketing, National Geographic Channel; Marva Johnson, vice president of technology and industry affairs, Bright House Networks;  Dr. Libby H. O’Connell, chief historian and senior vice president of corporate outreach, AETN; Ellen Schned, most recently senior vice president of affiliate marketing and distribution, CBS College Sports; and Susan Swain, president and co-COO, C-SPAN.

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Editor’s Note

Due to the upcoming holidays, the next issue of CPR Facts will run January 8. Have a great new year!

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Thank You, Corporate Members!

Join and support ACC by becoming a 2010 corporate member. For more information on how your organization can join ACC as a corporate member, please contact Steve Jones at or 202-222-2373.  For membership details, go to

Golden Benefactors
A&E Television Networks
Bright House Networks
Cablevision Systems Corporation
Charter Communications
Cox Communications
ESPN, Inc.
NBC Universal TV Networks Distribution
Rainbow Media Holdings
Time Warner Cable
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

Lifetime Television

Friends & Associates
Bresnan Communications
Cable ONE
California Cable & Telecommunications Association
Cisco Systems, Inc.
C-SPAN Networks
Discovery Networks
Florida Cable Telecommunications Association
Gospel Music Channel
Hallmark Channel
Insight Communications
Midcontinent Communications
Ohio Cable Telecommunications Association
Scripps Networks
Showtime Networks
Starz Entertainment
Suddenlink Communications
Texas Cable Association

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