National Cable and Telecommunications Association president
Michael Powell opened the Cable Show in Washington roaming the stage to sing
the praises of cable, particularly as the always-on, anytime, everywhere
broadband conduit to the future.
Powell said the industry was on an innovation tear,
"expanding the user experience to any screen you want, anytime you want, and
anywhere you want. But cable is more than just TV," he said.
Powell said the Internet has been hailed as the greatest
invention of our time, "and it is," he said. It bolsters economies, empowers
learning, overthrows governments and transforms industries. But he also pointed
out that the cable industry has transformed the Internet.
From a dial-up world that required Zen-like patience, he
said, cable answered the call with the better, more powerful, faster and
always-on world of broadband cable.
Powell said that all took energy, effort and money -- "lots
of money." That worked out to $200 billion over the past decade, and had
resulted in a speed increase of 1500%, broadband rollout to 93% of the country,
and continued innovation.
He said adoption continued to be a "serious" problem, but one
that cable was working on via programs like Connect2Compete and Internet
He also said a problem was the bogus comparisons between
U.S. broadband stats and countries like "France and Latvia."
Powell said cable's job is to keep its nets
humming, meet explosive demand for capacity, and innovate aggressively -- but
always fairly. "This is the American way," he said.