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March 30, 2012 - About ACC / Membership / FORUM / Beacon Awards

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Earn the Recognition You Deserve by Entering the 2012 Beacon Awards

Are you an award-winning cable communicator? Earn the recognition you deserve for your stellar cable communications work by entering the 2012 Beacon Awards. This year the deadline for entries is Friday, May 4.

The Beacon Awards honor excellence in cable communications and public affairs by recognizing the best cable communications campaigns and tactics of the past year. Beacon Awards finalists and winners achieve peer, industry and local market recognition for their exemplary work while setting a standard for their colleagues to emulate.

It is easier than ever to enter the 2012 Beacon Awards! ACC has simplified the entry process, the categories and the entry form. Your Beacon Award entry must include a shorter one-and-a-half to two-page project summary, completed entry form and payment, all of which you may email to ACC. You may choose to supplement your entry with up to three files of your strongest support materials and three minutes of video highlights. The 2012 Beacon Awards Call for Entries further explains the entry process and rules.

Again, the deadline to enter the 2012 Beacon Awards is May 4, 2012. Entries must represent work executed and results achieved between May 13, 2011, and May 4, 2012. If you have questions, visit the Beacon Awards frequently asked questions section on the ACC Web site or contact Michelle Butler.

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Comcast Grants $200,000 to Club Tech Program at Boys & Girls Clubs across America

Boys & Girls Clubs across the nation are receiving $5,000 Club Tech Impact grants from the Comcast Foundation to boost their digital literacy and computer training programs as part of Comcast’s $50 million commitment to the Club Tech program at Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). The $200,000 commitment will go to 40 Clubs – 20 grants in the spring and 20 more in the fall.

The funds will be used to support Club Tech, the digital literacy initiative Comcast co-sponsors with Microsoft that provides youth and teens with access to technology software, program materials and digital training. The program also incorporates technology into the Clubs’ operations and management tools, creating a long-term development plan for the Clubs and their future members.

In 2010, Comcast joined founding sponsor Microsoft as a national sponsor of the Club Tech program and by the end of 2013 will have provided approximately $50 million of financial and in-kind support to BGCA and local Clubs across the country. Since 2010, Comcast has provided more than $2 million to nearly 200 local Clubs along with $18.5 million of in-kind support in the form of PSA airtime and donated products.

In addition to its support for the BGCA's Club Tech program, Comcast donated computers to create labs in many of the Clubs and has also provided grants and financial support to other BGCA initiatives and events. So far, nearly one million young people have been served through the Club Tech programs and given access to its resources. In 2011, BGCA, in partnership with Microsoft and Comcast, launched Faces of the Future, an online campaign that features Club Tech participants and promotes the value of providing technology access and opportunities to youth.

Club Tech is just one of the digital initiatives Comcast has undertaken to address the Digital Divide and the need to provide better broadband access to more low-income Americans. Comcast believes digital literacy powers the dreams of opportunity, and is an essential step on the pathway to information and success. Last summer, Comcast launched Internet Essentials, the broadband adoption program which provides low-income families access to deeply discounted Internet service as well as a low-cost computer and free digital literacy training. Comcast also partners with One Economy on its signature Comcast Digital Connectors program, which trains teens and young adults to use broadband and digital tools and to prepare for potential careers in digital media. In turn, the Digital Connectors use their new-found knowledge to help spread digital literacy throughout their neighborhoods.

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Registration is Now Open for the 2012 Cable Communications Institute

Mark your calendar to attend ACC’s 7th Cable Communications Institute, June 20-22, 2012, in New York City. Produced in cooperation with the Syracuse University S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, the Institute will be held at Syracuse’s Lubin House in New York City adjacent to Central Park on 61st Street.

The Communications Institute is ACC’s signature professional development event for cable communicators. “Becoming more effective communicators is a never ending process. At the Institute, we explore state-of-the-art communications in today’s world,” said ACC President, Rosa Gatti, senior vice president, communications counsel and corporate outreach, ESPN, Inc.

The upcoming Institute will review and analyze cutting edge communications techniques, incorporating employee communications, technology tools, social responsibility and public affairs activities. Participants will enhance practical skills that are completely transferable to their daily work during this 2.5 day program.

This graduate-level program is designed for executives who would like to expand their knowledge base and advance their capabilities. Cable industry executives from programming networks, cable systems, industry suppliers and related organizations are invited to register to enhance their expertise on the overall role and impact of communications and public affairs within an organization.

Space is limited to the first 25 qualified applicants. Tuition for the 2012 Institute is $2,100 per individual on or before June 8, 2012. On June 9 and after, the fee is $2,300. Tuition covers all instructional materials and most meals. Travel and housing expenses are not included in this fee. For additional information or to register, contact Steve Jones at 202-222-2373 or via email at Information on the program may also be found by visiting

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Bright House Networks and A+E Networks to Host an Intervention in Central Florida

Bright House Networks has partnered with A+E Networks’ program Intervention to host a Town Hall Forum about the problems with alcohol and drug abuse in Central Florida. The televised event will be held on Thursday, April 5 at the Orlando Science Center. It will feature a panel of experts moderated by Ybeth Bruzual, an anchor for Central Florida News 13. Panelists will include Jeff VanVonderan, Board Registered Interventionist, Level II; Judge Reginald K. Whitehead, Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida; Dr. Stacy Seikel, Medical Director, The Center for Drug-Free Living, Inc.; and Tom Foy, Florida Department of Law Enforcement. To join the conversation, RSVP for the event by emailing

These town hall forums are one of the ways A&E continues its grassroots movement in support of treatment and recovery across the country. Co-hosted with the local cable affiliate in each community, these public forums about addiction offer an opportunity for A&E Interventionists, local officials and treatment providers to address local issues and promote resources.

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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
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Crown Media Family Networks
C-SPAN Networks
Discovery Communications
Florida Cable Telecommunications Association
Midcontinent Communications
NBC Universal TV Networks Distribution
Ohio Cable Telecommunications Association
Scripps Networks
Showtime Networks
Starz Entertainment
Suddenlink Communications

PR Newswire/Multivu
Sard Verbinnen & Company

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