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ACA Public Issue – June 13, 2013 

 Key Developments  

ACA Disappointed FCC Increases Investment In Flawed CAF I Program

American Cable Association President and CEO Matthew M. Polka issued the following statement on May 22 regarding the release of the Federal Communications Commission's Order adopting new rules for the second round of the Connect America Phase I incremental funding in 2013:

"While ACA shares the FCC's objective to bring broadband to unserved areas, any program must ensure money is distributed efficiently and accountably so the American consumer -- who funds the program -- gets the most bang for the buck.

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ACA: FCC Must Not Impose Reliability Rules On Providers Not Directly Serving PSAPs

The American Cable Association urged the Federal Communications Commission to ensure any reliability mandates are applied to an appropriately circumscribed class of direct 911 service providers and avoid inadvertently applying 911 reliability mandates to providers not directly serving Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs).

"ACA agrees with commenters in this proceeding as well as the FCC that it is best to focus any proposed reliability mandates on the 911 service providers, which are the linchpins of the 911 system. These entities should be defined as those providing 911 service and associated network elements directly to PSAPs under tariff, contract or other form of direct arrangement," ACA President and CEO Matthew M. Polka said.

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 About ACA  

Across this vast country, small and rural markets participate in the digital revolution by receiving video, broadband, and phone services from nearly 850 small and medium-sized independent operators represented by the American Cable Association (ACA).

ACA’s members -- cable, phone, and fiber-to-the-home operators and municipalities -- deliver affordable basic and advanced services to more than 7 million households and businesses. ACA members operate in every state, offering high-definition television, next generation Internet access, and digital phone service.

Access to advanced communications is not a luxury but a critical necessity for consumers and companies, schools and hospitals. America’s economic prosperity in smaller markets and rural areas depends on the growth and success of ACA members, who believe a connected nation, is a united nation.

The ACA asks lawmakers and regulators to ensure fair treatment so that small and medium-sized independent operators may continue to supply affordable video, broadband, and phone services to Main Street America. Through active participation in the policymaking process, ACA members and leaders advocate for the interests of their customers, their companies, and their communities to help ensure the continued viability of their way of life in hometown America.

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