How involved is Advanced Cable in its community? Enough for Coral Springs, Fla., to pronounce April 2008 Advanced Cable Month in honor of the operator’s 30th anniversary. The designation grabbed our attention.

"There has been so much consolidation in the cable industry down here," notes Advanced VP/GM Jim Pagano. "In the ’80s there were 26 cable companies, and now we’re down to three. We’re like the hometown favorite."

But Advanced had a yen for community affairs long before consolidation. "It’s in our corporate DNA to be civic-minded," Pagano says. The operator, which serves 40,000 basic subs, is heavily involved in schools and children’s charities. It’s also helped to parlay one of South Florida’s favorite pastimes — golf — into an annual charity event.

For eight years the company has co-sponsored a golf tournament that benefits the American Cancer Society, Dan Marino Foundation and Rotary Club charities. When it started in April 2000, the tournament had 18 golfers and netted $4,000. Today it’s blossomed to include a large field of golfers and sponsors, and has raised more than $165,000 for charity to date.

"It’s a very competitive market here in Florida. The bottom line is everyone in the telecom industry is going to wind up delivering the same type of products. What’s going to separate us in the horse race is our customer and community service," Pagano notes. "There’s a lot of after-hours and weekend work that goes on, and a tremendous amount of sweat equity. But the bottom line is they are all labors of love."

Advanced’s Additional Outreach:

  • The operator’s annual holiday drive has raised more than $25,000 in toys and money for needy families during the past nine years.

  • Advanced Cable has wired all community schools at no charge.

  • The company annually offers a deserving student from the City of Coral Springs Charter School a yearlong internship.

Back to 2008 Top Ops table of contents

The Daily


Fox on Dropping TNF, the US Open

Fox Corp passed up on some big sports deals this year, but CEO Lachlan Murdoch seemed confident that was the right move at an investor conference Thursday. Murdoch said he was happy to let NBC take the US Open

Read the Full Issue
The Skinny is delivered on Tuesday and focuses on the cable profession. You'll stay in the know on the headlines, topics and special issues you value most. Sign Up


Jun 10
The FAXIES Awards – Virtual CelebrationSave the Date! - June 10, 2021
Jul 16
Diversity List – 2021 Nominations Due: July 16, 2021
Sep 10
Most Powerful Women – 2021 Nominations Due: Sept 10, 2021
Dec 7
Most Powerful Women CelebrationSave the Date!
Full Calendar


Seeking an INDUSTRY JOB?

Hiring? In conjunction with our sister brand, Cynopsis, we are offering hiring managers a deep pool of media-savvy, skilled candidates at a range of experience levels and sectors, The result will be an even more robust industry job board, to help both employers and job seekers.

Contact for more information.