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Michael S. Willner spent his entire career in the cable television industry. He co-founded Insight Communications in 1985 and served as its CEO, a director and vice chairman of the board until the company was sold to Time Warner Cable in February, 2012.

As a young boy in Miami, Florida, Michael had a fascination with the television business at a very early age. He often rode his bicycle to the local NBC affiliate after school where the staff allowed him to help out in the studio while they produced and aired a live children's puppet show and the local news. Michael began his career in 1974 as the program director and news reporter for a small suburban New York cable system after graduating from the Boston University College of Communications. Soon after, he shifted his focus to general management and eventually became the chief operating officer of Vision Cable Communications, a cable company owned by a division of Newhouse Newspapers.

After starting Insight Communications, Michael quickly developed his hands-on style of management as CEO. He is a firm believer in open, honest communication. He personally ensured that employees and customers were always well-informed and had input and influence over important Company decisions. This commitment led to a secondary career - that of a leading man in a number of Insight television commercials in which he comfortably played himself with a great sense of self-deprecating humor.

Michael also became very active in industry affairs and has been one of cable's most active and effective ambassadors on Capitol Hill, testifying regularly before Congress on industry issues and pending legislation. He has served two consecutive terms as chairman of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), the cable industry's trade lobby and currently served on its executive committee for many years. Michael also served as chairman of the board of the Cable Center from 2007 through 2011. He served on the executive committee of CableLabs; on the board of directors of C-SPAN, and the Walter Kaitz Foundation.

A recipient of the NCTA's 2004 Vanguard Award for Distinguished Leadership and a 2005 inductee into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame, Michael has yet to achieve his greatest goal of winning an Emmy for his leading role in Insight's commercials.

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I'm a Insight Customer as well. I previously lived in Holland where my Internet was 100Mbps down and up and Unlimited. When I lived in Michigan, Verizon's VIOS offered 50/20. The problem you have from what I have been told is you have not invested into Fiber infrastructure. And too many of your customer have the 20.0 package and don't use it. The lines are shared so they have to set up a amount for each person and limit. I say you open the lines. Monitor how much each Resident uses and offer them a package based on what they need not what they are up sold. Grandma who reads her email every now and then does not need 20Megs more like 5 or less for that matter.
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sineswiper: I would DIE to have DSL. I'm stuck with satellite or dialup. PLEASE, Insight, ROLL OUT BROADBAND across your ENTIRE service area! We recently cut our subscription after over ten years of being paying customers because we're going over to Dish Network because you don't offer ANY HD here! Or any digital service at all!


Personally, I've been happy with my service. I've seen the competition with my mother-in-law's service in Bardstown, KY. They either have a choice of satellite, which sucks and is expensive, or Bardstown Cable, which sucks worse, or DSL, which is a joke.

Paul Templeton

Ya its the same old story.
We Americans pay twice as much for a third of the bandwidth the rest of the industrialized world enjoys.


Don't worry...
When your upload speed increases *2Mbs* more, you'll be paying $30+ more monthly fee with a across the board increase for everybody. How does DOCSIS 3.0 sound now?

Mark R

Completely agree with the well-stated post by Brian. Mr. Willner, WHEN WILL WE GET THE "NEW" HD CHANNELS YOU ADVERTISED IN JANUARY!!!! Other providers have had these for YEARS!!! Insight is like having "dial-up" AOL when everyone around us is zooming past us.


Let me get this right. TimeWarner has proven 300Mbps over cable yet Insight *STILL* has not rolled out 30Mbps in Louisville.

While I'm an Insight customer (only due to lack of choice in Louisville), I cannot understand your posts. You continuously write about what *other* network providers are doing for increased speed. Yet, your own Insight colleagues have not communicated what Insight's plans are to select an implementation date for 30.0 service, much less the jump to 100Mbs and higher speeds.

Kindly ask that you begin to maintain pace with your cable peers.

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