Association of Cable Communicators, CPR Facts

January 25, 2013 - About ACC / Membership / FORUM / Beacon Awards

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  2013 Beacon Awards Entry Deadline is March 22

The Association of Cable Communicators (ACC) has set this year’s Beacon Awards entry deadline as March 22, 2013. The 2013 Call for Entry is now available on the ACC Web site. Following the printing of the brochure, it will be mailed to all association members and others in the cable industry. The Beacon Awards Ceremony will be one of the highlights of ACC’s annual conference, FORUM 2013, May 9-10 in Washington, DC hosted in the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill.

The Beacon Awards have been cable’s highest recognition of communications and public affairs excellence since 1989. Continuing the revisions that streamlined the submission process from previous years, all entrants need for a Beacon Award is a one-and-a-half to two-page project summary, completed entry form and payment, all of which may be emailed to ACC.

"Cable communicators make vital contributions to the bottom line of their companies and industry by telling cable's story, building constructive relationships with stakeholders, promoting products and services, and improving the quality of life for the customers and the communities they serve," said Pete Abel, 2013 Beacon Awards chair and senior vice president, corporate communications, Suddenlink Communications. "The Beacon Awards recognize the best of this work."

The 2013 Beacon Awards continue the ease-of-entry format first introduced in 2011. Entries may be submitted electronically and have been designed to cut down on the amount of time to complete the entry process. However, individuals may continue to submit their entries by mail or a delivery service or send hard copies of supplemental supporting materials. To answer your questions and help you with the 2013 Beacon Awards entry process, visit the Frequently Asked Questions area of the ACC Web site.

All Beacon Award entries must represent work executed and results achieved between May 5, 2012, and March 22, 2013. More information may be found on the ACC Web site or contact Steve Jones at 202-222-2373.

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  Chicago and Comcast Honored for Internet Essentials

The US Conference of Mayors honored the City of Chicago and Comcast with the Outstanding Award for Public/Private Partnerships for their combined efforts to close the digital divide via Comcast’s Internet Essentials program. Internet Essentials offers eligible families affordable broadband Internet access at home, as well as affordable computer hardware and free digital literacy training to households with at least one child receiving free or reduced-cost lunches through the National School Lunch Program.

The Public/Private Partnership Awards were established by the US Conference of Mayors to recognize the achievements made possible by the partnerships between the member companies of the Mayors Business Council and cities across the nation. Recognizing these partnerships nurtures new creative partnerships between cities and businesses and adds a needed dimension to the Conference of Mayors Best Practices Center.

Through the partnership with the City of Chicago and Comcast, more than 7,000 families joined the program in its first year and increased to 11,000 families in 2012. The total number of Internet Essentials families is expected to double in 2013.

The partnership between Comcast and Chicago is what the cable operator believes made Internet Essentials so successful. The visibility created by the partnership helped foster collaboration with more than 1,200 local organizations, ranging from the Chicago Public Schools to community-based organizations, from libraries to faith-based institutions, and a host of others. Through this network information about the program spread to millions of people. In Chicago Comcast distributed more than a million brochures to families that could benefit from the program. This award for the City of Chicago’s partnership with Comcast’s Internet Essentials program is evidence of what can happen when public leaders and company executives work together to craft innovative solutions to problems in their communities.

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  Get Involved with ACC by Volunteering on a Committee

Are you interested in connecting with your fellow cable communicators? ACC needs volunteers for our FORUM 2013, 2013 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 2013 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 Steve Jones 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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  ESPN My Home Court Initiative Provides Sports History
The initiative began on Monday January 14 and ran through Saturday January 19; ESPN’s My Home Court included vignettes and discussions on the venue during game telecasts. Topics included the history, notable moments, great athletes and coaches who appeared in the arenas, a look at the past and present, records made and broken in the facility, best and most unique seats in the building, and notable and passionate team fans who attend games. During the week the initiative included 26 different venues and encouraged fans to join in the conversation via a dedicated Twitter hashtag, #MyHomeCourt.  For additional information contact ESPN's Michael Humes.

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  Time Warner Cable donates $50,000 to LGBT Homeless Youth Center

The nation’s largest services and advocacy organization working with LGBT runaway and homeless youth, the Ali Forney Center was selected to be the recipient of a Time Warner Cable Learning Lab. The $50,000 grant will outfit the Learning Lab with new computers, printers, computer software, tablets and high-definition televisions. Time Warner will also provide complimentary high speed Internet service to power the Lab, as well as HD-DVR and TV services.

“Time Warner Cable is excited to offer a TWC Learning Lab to the Ali Forney Center, the first LGBT services organization to receive this state-of-the-art facility from us,” said John Quigley, Time Warner Cable’s Regional Vice President of Operations for NYC. “Time Warner Cable is proud to partner with an organization that serves as a strong voice for homeless LGBT youth in NYC and across the nation. The Time Warner Cable Learning Lab will feature programs and resources that will assist youth in their educational and career development needs as they grow from adolescence to adulthood.”

The lab will be housed at the Ali Forney Center’s new 24-hour drop-in center in Harlem for homeless LGBT youth, the first of its kind in the nation. The Learning Lab will officially open during the first quarter of 2013.

“We are incredibly grateful to Time Warner Cable for awarding AFC with a Learning Lab. This is an example of outstanding corporate citizenship and commitment to diversity,” said Carl Siciliano, Executive Director of the Ali Forney Center.

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  Thank You, Corporate Members!

For more information on how your organization can join ACC as a 2013 Corporate Member, please email Steve Jones or call 202-222-2373. For membership details, go to theACC Web site.

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

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

Sard Verbinnen & Company

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