Small Ops' Man in Washington: A Look at ACA Chief Matt Polka

Moss, Linda
September 2004
Multichannel News;9/27/2004, Vol. 25 Issue 39, p1
This article focuses on the American Cable Association (ACA) CEO Matthew Polka. Polka has worn many hats during his career, including working briefly as a journalist. Later on, while aspiring to be a trial lawyer like Perry Mason as Polka put it, he wound up practicing corporate law. Polka was a small cable operator, and he feels his former peers' pain. Polka and the ACA have managed to gain the ear of policymakers, and gain traction against the programming giants. Perhaps the best example of the ACA making its voice beard occurred late last year, when the FCC set forth a number of strict conditions, all meant to protect cable operators, for News Corp. to meet in order to acquire DirecTV Inc. INSET: '05 LOOKS LIKE BIG LOBBYING YEAR.


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