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ACA Public Issue Ė January 22, 2014 

 Key Developments  

ACA Statement On Open Internet Court Decision

American Cable Association President and CEO Matthew M. Polka issued the following statement on Jan. 14 regarding the Open Internet ruling handed down the same today by a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit:

"ACA members believe that customers should be able to access the lawful content they wish on the Internet irrespective of who provides their Internet access service. ACA has long held that adopting Open Internet rules was unnecessary because its members had been operating and would continue to operate in conformity with the FCC's 2005 Open Internet principles. That remains true today regardless of the court's decision."

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ACA: FCC's Special Access Data Collection Violates Paperwork Reduction Act

The American Cable Association called on the Office of Management and Budget to use its authority under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) to roll back onerous burdens imposed on small cable operators by the Federal Communications Commission's proposed mandatory "special access" data collection.

"The FCC is required by the PRA to balance the need for specific data with the burdens imposed. Evidence gathered from our members demonstrates that the proposed data collection is not compliant with the PRA, especially the directive to minimize the paperwork burden for smaller entities. It needs to be extensively revised before it is issued," ACA President and CEO Matthew M. Polka said on Jan. 9.

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  News Headlines

  • Court Tosses FCC's Net Neutrality Rules (Politico, 1/14)
    A federal appeals court sent the FCC back to the drawing board to redo its network neutrality rules but it didnít take away the agencyís tools to draw up new regulations.
  • Supreme Court To Hear Aereo Appeal (Multichannel News, 1/14)
    The Supreme Court has agreed to hear broadcasters' appeal of the denial of its injunction request against Aereo. Justice Samuel Alito took no part in the decision.
  • Buckeye Offers Viewers Credit For Sinclair's Blackout (Toledo Blade, 1/16)
    Buckeye CableSystem will give its Toledo-area customers a small credit each month until the cable television company and Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. agree on a new contract that allows Buckeye to resume carrying programming for WNWO, NBC24.
  • ACA: Fighting Retrans For 10 Years (TVNewsCheck, 1/14)
    While the major cable and satellite operators are leading the assault in Washington on broadcasters' retransmission consent prerogatives, a small cable trade group is attacking their dealmaking capability from an entirely different angle.
  • Retrans Reform Heats Up In Washington (TVNewsCheck, 1/14)
    The concern now is that the pay TV industry is shifting lobbying muscle to the FCC, where there appears to be significant pockets of sympathy for the reform effort.
  • NFL Now Wants Every Pay-TV Home To Pay TWICE (New York Post, 1/18)
    The NFLís newest TV deal proposal would mean pay-TV customers (even those who donít watch the games) will have to pay twice for the same games.
  • Time Warner Cable Board Rejects Charter's $61 Billion Bid (MarketWatch, 1/13)
    Time Warner Cable Inc. said late Monday that its board of directors "had unanimously rejected a third grossly inadequate proposal" by Charter Communications.
  • Quebec's Cogeco Expects To Buy Some Small Cable In U.S. (Globe And Mail, 1/14)
    Cogeco Inc. will look south to increase the size of its cable TV business as few opportunities exist in Canada, CEO Louis Audet says. The head of the media and cable company said Tuesday that the Quebec company sees a possible acquisition of a small U.S. cable company later next year, after it pays down more debt.
  • DirecTV Drops 'Vital' Weather Channel In Carriage Dispute (Journal Sentinel, 1/14)
    DirecTV has dropped The Weather Channel in another carriage dispute between broadcasters and a pay TV service. DrecTV replaced The Weather Channel with Weather Nation.
  • NCTA's CEO Powell Urges Elimination Of Cable 'Must Buy' (TVNewsCheck, 1/15)
    National Cable & Telecommunications Association President-CEO Michael Powell told federal lawmakers that an FCC regulation requiring all cable subscribers to buy the broadcast basic tier should be axed.

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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).

ACAís 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. Americaís 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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