February 28, 2012

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Joanne Dant (for The Cable Center)

The Cable Center Hosts Second Annual Academic and Cable Telecommunications Forum During The Cable Show 2012

Panels, Discussion Sessions and Opportunity to Share Original Research and Case Studies On Tap for Boston Event

Denver, Colorado – The Cable Center announced it will host, in association with the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), the second annual Academic and Cable Telecommunications (ACT) Forum May 20 and 21 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, immediately before The Cable Show 2012. ACT Forum is designed to help continue to build bridges between cable and higher education, and provide an exclusive opportunity for national college academics to interact with cable industry leaders and professional colleagues.

This year’s ACT Forum will focus on Intelligence for a Changing Telecommunications World, as academics and cable industry executives gather for a focused series of discussions, panels and presentations designed to foster collaboration and dialogue around issues of importance to both the industry and academia. This intimate conference offers a unique opportunity for academics to learn from industry experts, network, and share research findings. Academic attendees will also receive discounted access to The Cable Show 2012.

ACT Forum will feature a special opportunity for academics to share original research, conceptual papers, and case studies related to cable and telecommunications by way of a poster session. This sharing opportunity covers all discipline areas, including business, communications, audience studies, history, social effects, marketing, management, economics, finance, law and policy, engineering and technology, programming and international telecommunications. Abstracts are invited for the poster session and submissions are due no later than April 20. The ACT Forum will showcase all accepted abstracts during a Poster Session on Sunday, May 20, and authors of selected abstracts will have the opportunity to give a short oral summary to all Forum attendees. Expressions of interest are also sought from academics interested in participating in the review process. Please visit the website or contact Maria van Dessel at for further details on the poster session.

“As our industry continues to move inexorably toward new digital service models, we continue to develop innovative business, technology and content approaches that are transforming the way people work, live and communicate,” said Larry Satkowiak, president and chief executive officer, The Cable Center. “This event provides a perfect forum for industry and academic thought leaders to examine these developments in the communications landscape, and create a lively dialogue around issues of importance to both the industry and academia.”

The 2012 ACT Forum is chaired for The Cable Center by cable industry analyst, Stewart Schley. Members of the ACT Forum Planning Committee are:

    •  Michael Wirth, Professor and Dean, College of Communication & Information, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

    •  Greg Klein, Vice President of Research, NCTA

    •  Lisa Pecot-Hebert, Assistant Professor, College of Communication, DePaul University

    •  Zenita Henderson, Channel Marketing, Motorola Mobility

    •  Maria van Dessel, Professor-In-Residence, Department of Marketing, Daniels College of Business, University of Denver

    •  Debbie Egner, SVP, Affiliate Sales and Support, Starz Entertainment LLC

    •  Krishna Jayakar, Associate Professor, Department of Telecommunications, Penn State University

    •  Dr. Ronald (Ron) Rizzuto, Professor and Co-Director, Reiman School of Finance, Daniels College of Business, University of Denver

For more information on registration, please visit Submission of abstracts and expressions of interest as a reviewer may also find additional information at

About The Cable Center

The Cable Center is the nonprofit educational arm of the cable industry. A leading resource for information, education and expertise on cable telecommunications, The Cable Center unites the cable community by preserving and celebrating cable’s enduring contributions to society; building bridges between cable and higher education; and bringing together industry participants to share ways to better serve its customers. Based in Denver, Colo., The Cable Center’s program areas include the Cable Mavericks Lecture Series, Customer Care Central, the Cable Hall of Fame and the Barco Library. Please visit for more information.