NATOA Meeting Tackles Cable Industry Advertising

By Winsky, Renee M. | Nation's Cities Weekly, September 21, 1992 | Go to article overview

NATOA Meeting Tackles Cable Industry Advertising


Winsky, Renee M., Nation's Cities Weekly


False and misleading advertising in a campaign waged by the cable television industry against cable legislation under consideration by Congress was challenged by the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) during their twelfth annual conference in Irving, Texas last week.

The FTC responded favorably to a letter to the Federal Trade Commission(FTC) from NATOA asking the commission investigate the false and misleading advertising appearing in print and on television. Among other things, the legislation would promote competition and provide consumer protection.

Although the cable bill is one of the most important issues facing local governments in terms of dealing with their cable franchises, this was not the only issue that occupied the attention of over 400 conference attendees. Innovations in technology, changes in regulatory framework and the cable franchise renewal process were also discussed.

Over 20 sessions were conducted and vital information that today's local government officials neet to operate their telecommunications systems and cable franchises was disseminated. Larry Irving, Staff Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Telecommunications Committee, made a special appearance to share with attendees an up-to-the-minute report on the status of the cable bill.

A lively discussion of video dialton, a medium viewed as competition for the cable industry and an opportunity for cable to enter telephony, was presided over by Washington attorney Nicholas Miller of Miller & Holbrooke. Presenters included Dr. Robert Pepper, Chief of the Federal Communications Commission Office of Plans & Policy; Gene Kimmelman, Legislative Director for the Consumer Federation of America; Andrew Balu, Chairman of the National Federation of Local Cable Programmers; and, Duane Johnson, Assistant Vice President for Regulatory Policy with GTE Telephone Operations. …

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