Alliance for Community Media (ACM)
The Mission of the ACM is to advance democratic ideals by ensuring that people have access to electronic media and by promoting effective communication through community uses of media. The Alliance advances this goal through public education, a progressive legislative and regulatory agenda, coalition building and grassroots organizing. The Alliance represents over 3,000 Public, Educational and Governmental (PEG) access organizations and community media centers throughout the country. It also represents the interests of millions of people who, through their local religious, community and charitable groups, use PEG access to communicate with their memberships and the community as a whole.

Association of Cable Communicators (ACC)
ACC is the only national, professional organization specifically addressing the issues, needs and interests of the cable industry's communications and public affairs professionals. Formally known as the Cable Television Public Affairs Association (CTPAA), its mission is to develop and promote cable communications excellence through professional development to help achieve industry and corporate goals. ACC works to enhance each member's status and influence through skill building and professional development.

Cable and Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM)
CTAM provides education, recognition and networking opportunities, and manages cooperative marketing initiatives, for cable companies, content providers and others who supply products and services to the cable industry. CTAM's basic mission is to optimize cable marketing impact by providing strategic marketing perspectives to decision-makers regarding technology, new products and evolving business models. It achieves these goals by stimulating innovative marketing through education, information exchange, best practices sharing, research and networking.

Cable in the Classroom (CIC)
CIC promotes the visionary, sensible, responsible and effective use of cable’s broadband technology, services, and content in teaching and learning. CIC also advocates digital citizenship and supports the complimentary provision, by cable industry companies, of broadband and multichannel video services and educational content to the nation’s schools. Areas of work include: exercising national leadership in advocating the innovative and effective use of broadband in teaching and learning, and digital citizenship; encourage and recognize educational leadership that exemplifies the innovative use of cable services, broadband technology, media literacy, and related services and applications; represent the cable industry’s commitment to education by showcasing the wide variety of cable initiatives in education, and by encouraging cable industry companies to continue their efforts to contribute to learning.

National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC)
NAMIC educates, advocates and empowers for multi-ethnic diversity in the telecommunications industry through its 18 nationwide chapters. Membership is comprised of more than 2,000 professionals in 18 chapters throughout the country comprised of cable operators, programmers, hardware suppliers, telecommunication, new media professionals and entrepreneurs. Our members come from customer contact offices, executive suites and every position in-between. They are of every race, multiple cultures — and they are all committed to a future in which these differences are strengths.

National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA)
NCTA represents cable operators serving more than 90 percent of the nation’s cable television households, as well as more than 200 cable program networks and suppliers which provide services to the cable industry. The cable industry is the nation’s largest broadband provider of high-speed Internet access after investing more than $100 billion over ten years to build a two-way, interactive network with fiber optic technology. Cable companies also provide state-of-the-art digital telephone service to millions of American consumers. NCTA also hosts the industry's annual trade show, which serves as a national showcase for the cable industry's innovative services, including quality television programming, interactive television services, high-speed Internet access, and competitive local telephone service.

The Cable Center
Established in 1985, The Cable Center serves an integral role in the cable industry by providing the resources and information that document cable's heritage while delivering programs to help fuel its progress. The Center's mission is industry-wide, serving cable operators, programmers, vendors, suppliers, cable professionals and non-profit organizations, higher education and the general public.

One of the most useful of the Center’s services is the Barco Library, the world's largest collection of resources pertaining to the cable industry. It is used by professionals working on wide-ranging projects—from documentaries and news productions to books and publications. Included in the Barco Library holdings are the following types of materials:

  • More than 3,000 cable-specific books and 300 industry-specific trade periodicals.
  • 100,000 original prints,slides and digital photos chronicling the cable's history.
  • 2,000 items commemorating the industry's people, organizations and events.
  • A wide array of videos featuring programs, cable shows, and people involved in the cable industry.

    Video Advertising Bureau (VAB)
    The Video Advertising Bureau is the leading authority on the quality and value of ad-supported TV and professionally produced video as it is distributed and viewed on every screen and device. The VAB puts the marketers first as it continually invests in industry-leading research and analysis to produce insights into consumer behavior and the power of TV programming to drive awareness, consideration, sales traffic, activation and loyalty. Created by the Cable Networks, Broadcast Networks and the MVPDs to help advertisers capitalize on the consumer’s commitment to the highest quality video across all available digital channels, the VAB plays a crucial role in advancing multi-screen measurement, audience analytics, standards, supply-chain transparency, multicultural marketing, data usage and branded content integration – both nationally and in every local US market.

    Updated 7/2/16