2009 Cable Show: 100+ Legislators Have Toured Broadband Nation Exhibit

Exhibit showcases the cutting edge of broadband technology

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NCTA President Kyle McSlarrow said Thursday that more than 100 legislators had toured the industry’s Broadband Nation exhibit at the cable show as of Thursday; the show had only begun the day before.

It helped that the exhibit, showcasing the cutting edge of broadband technology, was only a few minutes away from Capitol Hill at the Washington-based show.

Some Washington movers and shakers had to cancel their appearances at the show, including House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA), D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty, and D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton.

But there were plenty of high-profile policymakers, including Rick Boucher (D-VA), chairman of the House Communications, Technology, & Internet Subcommittee; Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), ranking member of the Commerce Committee; and new Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, who cut the ribbon on Broadband Nation.

Boucher said Thursday he had not yet made the tour, but hoped to do so by Friday.