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ACA Public Issue – August 21, 2013 

 Key Developments  

ACA Applauds FCC For Requiring IPTV Providers To Pay Per-Subscriber Regulatory Fees

American Cable Association President and CEO Matthew M. Polka issued the following statement on Aug. 13 regarding the Federal Communications Commission's new regulatory fee schedule:

"ACA applauds the FCC for deciding to collect regulatory fees on providers of Internet Protocol television (IPTV) in the same manner as cable operators must pay them. IPTV providers offer a service substantially similar to cable service and are subject to, and benefit from, FCC Media Bureau regulation. Including IPTV service providers in the fee base will avoid distortions in the marketplace that can occur when some similarly situated competitors must pay regulatory fees while others can avoid them. We also greatly appreciate the FCC's imposition of a cap on fee increases for fiscal year 2013, easing the burden on small cable operators.”

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ACA Calls On FCC To Affirm VoIP Interconnection Obligations

The American Cable Association called on the Federal Communications Commission to affirm that providers seeking to exchange managed VoIP traffic can avail themselves of the interconnection rights of the Communications Act because the lack of legal certainty is encouraging large incumbents to engage in deliberate foot-dragging harmful to competition and the IP transition.

"Given that the FCC has yet to confirm that the Communication Act's interconnection requirements apply when a managed VoIP traffic provider seeks interconnection, dominant phone incumbents are effectively avoiding offers from competitive providers to enter into interconnection agreements for exchange of that traffic," 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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