Years in Cable: 5
Education: Degree in Government, College of William and Mary; JD, Georgetown University Law Center.
A list of top people in cable wouldn’t be complete without the addition of these two. Polka is responsible for the daily operations and affairs of the 850-plus member non-profit ACA, dedicated to serving the interests on independent, small and medium-sized broadband, cable and phone businesses. He helps indies stay competitive as they navigate the legislative and regulatory framework. Meanwhile, NCTA chief Powell engages regularly in social media to keep the conversation current. Whether he’s simply wishing C-SPAN a happy birthday or reposting thought-provoking articles on how the FCC’s privacy rules affect consumers, Powell maintains an on-going dialogue.