Michael Powell, NCTA

Years in Industry: 9

Education: JD, Georgetown University; BA, William & Mary

With their member companies navigating a world no one could imagine at the start of 2020, these three have stayed level-headed and offered wise counsel. Polka was the first to make the decision to cancel a big event—the annual ACAC Summit in DC—because of the pandemic. Powell was an early leader in closing NCTA’s office and promoting telework. Both organizations have published statistics showing how the broadband network has weathered COVID-19 (spoiler: quite well). Over at NCTC, Fickle got 2020 off to a bang with a down-to-the wire carriage renewal with Fox Corp that included Fox News and FS1. The co-op has been on a roll, closing deals for the Turner nets and HBO Max as well as reaching an arrangement with Amazon that lets members buy Fire TV devices as discounted prices.

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