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ACA Public Issue – July 11, 2013 

 Key Developments  

ACA: Copyright Office Needs To Limit Audit Burdens On Small Cable

The American Cable Association urged the U.S. Copyright Office to limit cost burdens on small cable operators by adopting a clarification that its rule requires copyright owners to front the financial costs of statement audits that they have initiated until a final legal determination of underpayment has been made against a cable operator of an amount sufficient to trigger the shifting of audit costs to the cable operator.

ACA is concerned that a proposed Copyright Office audit cost-shifting rule would require cable operators to pay for audits initiated by copyright owners after an auditor issues its written report, but before the courts have found that cable operators have fallen behind on their copyright payments of an amount that would require cost shifting under the proposed rules.

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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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