Michael Powell

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.

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