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Posted at 2:23 PM ET, 11/19/2010

NCTA head McSlarrow to resign spring 2011

By Cecilia Kang

mcslarrow.jpgThe National Cable & Telecommunciations Association announced on Friday that CEO Kyle McSlarrow will step down to pursue other business opportunities in the cable industry.

In a news release, the trade group said McSlarrow would depart in spring 2011. He has been NCTA’s president and CEO for six years, fighting high-profile battles for cable and broadband Internet service providers against net neutrality, a la carte channel offerings and reforms of cable set-top-box technology.

Last summer, he negotiated with the Federal Communications Commission over a framework to present to Congress on how broadband service providers can treat the flow of traffic on their networks.

”Over the last several months, I have discussed with members of the NCTA board my interest in transitioning to another role in our industry that would allow me to work more fully on business and operating activities,” McSlarrow said in a release. He did not indicate whether he has another job offer in hand and NCTA said it will begin to search for a replacement.

McSlarrow has long served in Republican politics, with mixed success. He ran Vice President Dan Quayle’s 2000 presidential election campaign. He has also served as chief of staff for former Senator Paul Coverdell (R-Ga.). McSlarrow, a Republican, unsuccessfully ran for Congress representing Virginia’s 8th district in 1992 and 1994.

He was appointed to the president’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) in 2007 and was deputy secretary of the Department of Energy.

“For nearly 6 years, Kyle has successfully navigated the public policy interests of our industry during a period of significant change and substantial challenges,” such as the transition to digital television, said Cox Communications President Patrick Esser in a statement.

By Cecilia Kang  | November 19, 2010; 2:23 PM ET
Categories:  Broadband, Comcast, Net Neutrality  
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