NCTA’s Powell: Broadband Began With Cable

National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) President & Chief Executive Officer Michael Powell recently contributed to CableTechTalk:

Last week, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski gave a speech at LivingSocial’s Washington, D.C., headquarters about the economic impact of broadband … The Chairman highlighted the economic force that broadband has become in the American economy, especially as a technology that powers job creation, and he cited a recent report by McKinsey which shows that broadband now creates 2.6 jobs for every one lost.

As cable was America’s first broadband provider, I welcome the Chairman’s remarks and enthusiasm about how broadband is sparking a renaissance in America’s economy. But the irony of the entire speech is that not a single broadband company was even mentioned nor did we hear about the millions of jobs created by broadband providers which have built the networks that are the indispensible infrastructure for America in the 21st century.