Shakespearian question: "What's in a name?" (Hamlet). A name is a brand (a brandname, a trademark). For an association it is also the definition of its field of activity, its area of business.
So, when an organization such as the American National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) needs to change its name, something important is happening. Or, something has changed: "one form of life has become old" (as Hegel puts it, Grundlinien der Philosophie des Rechts, 1820, "dann ist eine Gestalt des Lebens alt geworden"). Cable has become old.
The NCTA, a lobbying group in Washington DC, might become "The Internet and Television Association" (according to an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office); it is getting rid of the word "cable".
In the beginning, 1952, it was the National Cable Television Association, a pure TV business. Then, in 2001, Telecommunications was added. Now, cable companies (MSOs) bring telephone, television and the Web as well to their subscribers (triple play bundle).
Internet services (broadband) now represent a major part of MSO activity. MSOs might lose TV subscribers (churn) but they are adding Internet customers and increase their Internet business.
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