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 Public Issue — August 19, 2009
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 Key Developments  

NTIA Clarifies Broadband Data Collection Rules in Response to Concerns of ACA, Others

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The U.S. Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration has agreed to make clarifications and discrete modifications to the rules they set forth for the collection of data and information from cable operators and telecommunication carriers as part of an Internet mapping project designed to spur the Obama Administration's goal of delivering high-speed broadband to every home and business across the country.

"ACA is committed to helping the NTIA with mapping the nation's broadband availability, and ACA believes the agency's changes will improve and expedite that effort," ACA President and CEO Matthew M. Polka said in an Aug. 7 statement moments after NTIA's announcement. Read More / Comment on Story

ACA Members Tell FCC of Hurdles in Deploying Broadband in Rural Areas at Agency's Workshop

With participation from ACA members, the Federal Communications Commission on August 12 held a workshop on broadband deployment and technology issues in connection with the preparation of next year's National Broadband Plan mandated by Congress in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

James J. Bruder, Jr., CEO and Chairman of MetroCast Communications, who is also ACA's vice chairman, participated in an afternoon panel intended to explore the meaning of unserved or underserved with regard to broadband access and to what extent FCC action could alleviate technical and economic barriers. Gary W. Evans, President and CEO, Hiawatha Broadband Communications, Inc., also an ACA member, joined Bruder on the panel. Read More / Comment on Story

 News Headlines  

  • FCC Moves on DTV Channel Changes (TV Technology, 8/13)
    The FCC is requesting public input on several DTV channel changes as broadcasters and the commission continue to attempt to improve reception post June 12.
  • AT&T Files Complaint With FCC Against Cablevision (Reuters, 8/13)
    AT&T Inc (T.N) filed a complaint on Thursday with the Federal Communications Commission, alleging anti-competitive practices against Cablevision Systems Corp (CVC.N) in a bid to gain access to high definition programming from its Madison Square Garden network.
  • Post FCC Waiver, Evolution Scores Customer Win (CED Magazine, 8/12)
    Evolution Broadband is cashing in on the waiver it received from the Federal Communications Commission earlier this year with a customer win.
  • Broadband Stimulus Plan Has No Map for Success (Gigaom, 8/10)
    The federal government is spending $7.2 billion over the next year to bring better broadband to the masses, a lofty goal by any measure.
  • MASN Whiffs Against Comcast (Multichannel News, 8/10)
    Comcast may have received a big boost in its carriage fight with the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network last week.
  • McDowell: Net Neutrality Debate Should Be Reframed (Multichannel News, 8/7)
    FCC commissioner Robert McDowell says the debate over network neutrality should be reframed as one about "anticompetitive" conduct rather than "discrimination."He points out that there are already laws against the former.
  • FCC Releases Notice of Inquiry on Broadband Data Collection (Broadcasting & Cable, 8/7)
    The FCC Friday put out a notice of inquiry on broadband data collection with the advice to start fresh.
  • Universal Broadband A Focus At FCC Workshop (Multichannel News, 8/6)
    Universal broadband access is critical to civic participation where the public square will be online.
  • Network Neutrality: Game On For Open Networks (, 8/4)
    Two lawmakers and FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski deliver a chilling message to broadband providers: Consumers have rights, beginning with network neutrality.
  • FCC Allows Louisiana Duop (Broadcasting & Cable, 8/3)
    Citing evidence of a bleak financial picture and no prospective out-of-market buyer, the FCC has agreed to waive its duopoly rule and has granted the sale of KPXJ Minden, La. to Minden Television.

For more news, visit the Headlines Page on the ACA website.

 About ACA  

Small markets and rural areas across the country are receiving video, high-speed broadband, and phone services from more than 900 small and medium-sized independent operators represented by the American Cable Association (ACA).

ACA's membership comprises cable, phone, and fiber-to-the-home operators and municipalities, who deliver these affordable basic and advanced services, such as high-definition television, next generation Internet access, and digital phone, to more than 7 million households and businesses, some of whom have no other means of receiving these vital services.

These communications services are considered by most to be essential for individuals, companies, and other entities, like schools and hospitals, and are crucial to America's economic prosperity, particularly in smaller markets and rural areas.

The ACA works to ensure its members are treated fairly in the marketplace and in Washington, so that small and medium-sized independent operators may continue to thrive and deliver affordable video, broadband, and phone services to Main Street America. Through active participation in the legislative and regulatory process, ACA and its members advocate for the interests of their customers, their companies, and their communities to help ensure the continued viability of their hometown's way of life.

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