Association of Cable Communicators, CPR Facts

January 20, 2012 - About ACC / Membership / FORUM / Beacon Awards

Inside This Issue:


Find Out How the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show May Affect You at ACC’s 1/25 Webinar

Wondering what some of the hottest products showcased at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) were and their possible impact on the cable industry? Did you plan on attending the show but just couldn't make it out to Vegas?

ACC's Steve Jones spent two-and-a-half packed days at the show and will provide an up close look at many of the most innovative products on display during this webinar on Wednesday, January 25 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EST. If you've never been to CES, his presentation provides a real world sense of what it's like to attend this huge event with more than 150,000 attendees. Plus, he'll review the top gadgets exhibited at CES 2012!

How ACC Members Can Participate:

Only ACC members may attend this webinar, and it is free of charge as a benefit of ACC membership. ACC members can register for this free webinar via the association’s online education portal in the members-only section of the ACC Web site by clicking on the link to live webinars and self-paced programs.

You must be logged into the members-only area to access this portal, and you can log in through the member log in box in the left-hand corner of this screen. Your username is generally your work email address, and the password is your last name all in lowercase letters. If you are not currently a member, use ACC’s trial membership and join free for your first six months.

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C-SPAN Launches 2012 LCV Cities Tour

Building upon its inaugural 2011 “LCV Cities Tour,” C-SPAN will spotlight six south central American cities beginning in January through July 2012 with visits from the public affairs network’s “Local Content Vehicles” (LCV). Partnering with the network’s local cable affiliates, three C-SPAN video journalists will visit each city for one week with television cameras to capture some of the history and literary life of these cities. The six cities and the local cable partners are: Beaumont (Time Warner Cable), Shreveport (Comcast), Little Rock (Comcast), Oklahoma City (Comcast), Wichita (Comcast), and Jefferson City (Mediacom).

C-SPAN producers will spend a full week in each of the selected cities, travelling in specially detailed Ford Transit Connect vehicles visiting various literary and historic sites and interviewing local historians, authors and civic leaders. Each member of the LCV team, led by team manager Debbie Lamb, is equipped to shoot and edit video on location. The LCV team members will also join with representatives of the local cable companies to make presentations to community organizations about C-SPAN and its public affairs content. The various short features produced during each city visit will be shown during targeted weekends on C-SPAN’s nonfiction book channel (BookTV on C-SPAN2) and history channel (American History TV on C-SPAN3). C-SPAN’s Local Content Vehicles began their tour of cities in the spring of 2011 and have visited eight cities to date: Tampa, Savannah, Charleston, Frankfort, Charlotte, Knoxville, Birmingham, and Baton Rouge.

C-SPAN’s LCV initiative also incorporates extensive digital and social media outreach, including use of Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, and online streaming on C-SPAN websites. C-SPAN video from each city is archived – and easily searchable, clippable, and shareable – through C-SPAN’s online Video Library. For more information contact, Howard Mortman, C-SPAN communications director, at (202) 626-6527 or

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Get Involved With ACC by Volunteering on a Committee

Are you interested in connecting with fellow cable communicators? ACC needs volunteers for our FORUM 2012 and 2012 Beacon Award 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 2012 to the industry. Beacon Award volunteers manage the complete entry process from promotion to judging to the Beacon Awards Gala. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact ACC by emailing (FORUM), (Beacon), or calling 800-210-3396.

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Time Warner Cable to Offer Third Year of $20,000 Stipends for Research on Digital Communications

Time Warner Cable recently announced that it has begun the third year of The TWC Research Program on Digital Communications. Launched in 2010, the Research Program is designed to tap into the best minds in the academic and public policy communities and stimulate research into challenges facing the telecommunications industry and the future of digital technologies in the home, office, classroom and community. The Research Program awards stipends of $20,000 to generate reports and provide new information, insights and practical advice to policymakers and policy stakeholders.

Researchers affiliated with universities and not-for-profits are eligible to apply for the stipends. Applicants are asked to write a three-page summary outlining their approach to one of the six topics and to submit a brief resume for each author.  The six research topics of 2012 are: the end user experience for broadband users; network reliability, security and privacy; Internet governance; the future of localism in communications policy; video convergence and internet video; and science, technology, education and math (STEM) education. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged, to provide the broadest possible insights. The 2012 deadlines for submission of applications are April 1, 2012, and November 1, 2012.

The Research Program has awarded sixteen stipends to twenty-three leading scholars since its first year. The last three stipends were announced in December 2011 and went to support three studies: Evaluating Minority Attitudes Toward Digital Privacy and Security, by Nicol Turner-Lee, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies; Measuring the Benefits of Localism, by Scott Savage and Donald Waldman, University of Colorado at Boulder; and Promoting Broadband Access for the Disabled, by Krishna Jayakar, Pennsylvania State University. More information about the program can be found at: and by following

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Win a Prize by Getting Further Connected to Your Fellow Cable Communicators

Update your entry on the new ACC Online Member Directory & Community, and you will be eligible for a gift from ACC and ESPN! This new service was activated in late November and is available to all members as a member benefit. The online community’s key features enable all members to create an enhanced individual profile to help build stronger bonds with other cable communicators and facilitate the exchange of best practices or other cable industry related information, and the search functions make it easier to get connected with fellow members. Now members may upload professional and personal information easily and search a variety of data points, add a picture, or link to social networks and blogs.

How Do You Access The New ACC Online Member Directory & Community?

You must be logged into the members-only area of to access the new ACC Online Member Directory & Community, and you can log in through the member log in box in the left-hand corner of any page of the ACC Web site. Your username is your work email address, and generally your password is your last name all in lowercase letters. Please contact ACC at 202-222-2370 or email if you need login assistance.

Update Your Profile by Wednesday, February 1 and You Could Win a Prize!

Seven, lucky ACC members who update their profiles in the new ACC Online Member Directory & Community by Wednesday, February 1 will win a prize. The update can be as simple as uploading a photo of yourself or adding the name of your alma mater. Prizes include premiums from ESPN such as fleece jackets and Ogio golf bags.

How Can You Make Yourself Shine in the New ACC Online Member Directory & Community?

Your profile is fully customizable with social media accounts, additional biographical information, background, expertise and other attributes. You can also post updates and photos to your wall and join groups within the ACC directory & community.

The editing features of the New ACC Online Member Directory & Community include:

Profile Home brings you to your own profile and shows how it is displayed to everyone else who logs in to this new directory/community.

Manage Profile is what you would click on to make edits to your information and to add more information.

Groups display what groups ACC may have already enrolled you in. Currently, we have two types of groups - ACC Mentor Program and Institute Alumni from 2011, 2010 and 2009. There is information and opportunities to exchange information within each group, and ACC plans to introduce more groups in 2012.

Networks is where you would add other social media networks to your profile. For example, ACC staff member Michelle Butler added links to her LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Wordpress (blog) accounts. There are many other choices as well.

Messages connects you to the internal messaging system in this new community (think messaging in LinkedIn and/or Facebook)

Connections allows you to "connect" (similar to friend in Facebook) with fellow members.

One of the core missions of ACC is to bring cable communicators together, and the new ACC Online Directory & Community will make it easier for you to network with your peers. We want this new feature to serve your needs, so please send any comments or questions to Michelle Butler at or 202-222-2372 or Steve Jones at or 202-222-2373.

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ESPN Presented Content of Character, Weeklong Multimedia Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

As part of the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, ESPN presented Content of Character, a weeklong series of original programming, vignettes and interstitials celebrating the life and contributions of the civil rights leader, across many of its programs and platforms. The Content of Character series began Monday, Jan. 9, and ended on the national holiday Monday, Jan. 16.  A highlight of the week was the debut of Content of Character presented by Red Tails, a one-hour discussion exploring Dr. King’s impact through the lens of sports. During this special ESPN’s award-winning host Bob Ley moderated a roundtable with panelists Jemele Hill, ESPN commentator; Steve Buckley, Boston Herald; author Isabel Wilkerson; Jalen Rose, former NBA player and current ESPN analyst; and Richard Lapchick, founder of the Center for the Study of Sport in Society. They discussed the legacy of Dr. King and how it impacts sports in America today particularly in the areas of education, equality and leadership.

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Thank You, Corporate Members!

For more information on how your organization can join ACC as a 2012 corporate member, please contact Steve Jones at or 202-222-2373. For membership details, go to

Golden Benefactors
A+E Networks
AMC Networks Inc.
Bright House Networks
Cablevision Systems Corporation
Cox Communications
ESPN, Inc.
Time Warner Cable
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

Friends & Associates
Cable ONE
California Cable & Telecommunications Association
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Crown Media Family Networks
C-SPAN Networks
Discovery Communications
Florida Cable Telecommunications Association
Insight Communications
Midcontinent Communications
Minnesota Cable Communications Association
NBC Universal TV Networks Distribution
Ohio Cable Telecommunications Association
Scripps Networks
Showtime Networks
Starz Entertainment
Texas Cable Association

Sard Verbinnen & Company

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