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ACA Public Issue – October 9, 2013 

 Key Developments  

ACA Slams Turner Broadcasting For Pulling TBS From Cable ONE As MLB Playoffs Begin

American Cable Association President and CEO Matthew M. Polka issued the following statement on Oct. 3 regarding Turner Broadcasting System's decision to pull its suite of channels from Cable ONE, an ACA Member, just prior to Major League Baseball's playoffs:

"Turner Broadcasting System's decision to pull TBS and other cable networks from Cable ONE on the first day of Major League Baseball's playoff season is deeply disturbing. Turner's move is yet another brazen example of how a media conglomerate uses the withholding of marquee sports programming from consumers as punishment when a cable operator refuses to force its subscribers to pay for expensive, unpopular and low-rated programming that Turner seeks to bundle with TBS.

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ACA Applauds Bipartisan Latta-Green Bill Repealing Set-Top Box Integration Ban

American Cable Association President and CEO Matthew M.Polka issued the following statement on Sept. 26 regarding Rep. Bob Latta and Rep. Gene Green's bill repealing the Federal Communications Commission's regulation requiring cable operators to deploy set-tops boxes (STBs) with a separate security module known as the CableCARD:

"The American Cable Association strongly endorses House legislation introduced today by Rep. Bob Latta of Ohio and Rep. Gene Green of Texas, which will eliminate a regulation that has proved to be costly, burdensome and, by the FCC's own admission, ineffective in creating a retail market for cable STBs.

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  News Headlines

  • Turner Orders Cable ONE To Pull TBS, TNT, Cartoon After It Drops CNN, TCM, Boomerang (FierceCable, 10/1)
    Turner Broadcasting Inc. said Tuesday that it told Cable One to remove TBS, TNT and Cartoon Network from its lineup, after it dropped several less popular networks owned by Turner.
  • Cable ONE's Fight With Turner Broadcasting: Inside Program Packaging (Los Angeles Times, 10/4)
    A dispute between Time Warner's Turner Broadcasting unit and a small cable operator has turned particularly nasty and is shining a brighter light on how programmers package their channels for sale to distributors.
  • Columbia To Rename Soccer Stadium After Rocco Commisso (Multichannel News, 10/3)
    Columbia University will rename its soccer stadium after Mediacom chairman and CEO and Columbia alumnus Rocco B. Commisso in a special ceremony Oct, 12.
  • Media General Goes Dark To Dish Customers (Multichannel News, 10/1)
    Media General said a midnight deadline to reach a retransmission consent agreement with Dish Network has passed without a deal, causing the media company’s 18 stations in 10 states to go dark to the satellite giant’s customers in those areas.
  • Cutting The Cord: The Sports Cable Rip-off (Seattle Times, 10/1)
    Not long ago, an important New England Patriots game failed to appear on my cable lineup. There was a way to pay extra for it, but the heck with that.
  • NBCUniversal Chief Presses For Higher Payments (NY Post, 9/30)
    NBC’s first-week ratings are giving NBCUniversal boss Steve Burke some much-needed ammo when it comes to closing the network’s profitability gap with rivals.
  • Comcast Cites 'Total Gridlock' At CSN Houston In Bankruptcy Filing (FierceCable, 9/30)
    Comcast's NBCUniversal subsidiary filed an involuntary bankruptcy petition on Friday aimed at letting it take full ownership of Comcast SportsNet Houston, the regional sports network controlled by the Houston Astros.
  • Bye-Bye, CableCARDs? (Light Reading, 9/30)
    Although a lot of ink was spilled to put the CableCARD mandate into effect in 2007, two federal legislators are now trying to kill the ban on embedded set-top box security, much to the delight of the cable industry.
  • Blumenthal Prepping Sports Blackout Bill (Broadcasting & Cable, 9/27)
    Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) is working on a bill that would prevent the major professional sports leagues from allowing games to be blacked out during retransmission consent disputes or other programming impasses.
  • Comcast CEO Roberts: Aereo Is Illegal (FierceCable, 9/26)
    Aereo is breaking the law by failing to pay retransmission-consent fees with its Internet TV platform, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts said in an interview aired by PBS Wednesday night.

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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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