U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush Announces Minority Cable & Telecommunications Supplier Program

Jun 5, 2003
Press Release

Chicago, IL ---- Congressman Bobby L. Rush (D-IL.) will announce his initiative to expand the available list of cable and telecommunications suppliers to include more minority-owned businesses. This plan will enhance the competitive environment among vendors serving the cable industry and further utilize a supplier base that reflects the diversity of cable and telecommunications customers. Congressman Rush will present his initiative on Tuesday, June 10, 2003 at 10:30AM, at the "Cable Diversity Network Session" during the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) 52th Annual Convention at the McCormick Place Convention Center.

Congressman Rush, who recently introduced the "Telecommunications Ownership Diversification Act of 2003," a bill making minor changes to the existing tax code allowing individuals currently under-represented in the ownership of telecommunications companies to compete equally with large companies, wants his plan to serve as a strong foundation for potential minority suppliers and cable buyers.

In addition, on Tuesday, June 10 @ 10:00AM, Congressman Rush will welcome students for the first-ever "Rush School Day." Students from Chicago Military Academy, Dunbar and Phillips High Schools will get a glimpse of the future of cable technology and programming and tour the National Trade Show floor to visit with cable stations and operators.

NCTA is the principal trade association of the cable television industry in the United States. NCTA represents cable operators, as well as equipment suppliers and providers of other services to the cable industry. The NCTA Convention is open to credentialed media. For additional information, please call 773/224.6500.