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ACA Public Issue Ė November 6, 2013 

 Key Developments  

ACA Salutes FCC Chairman Wheeler, Commissioner O'Rielly On Their Senate Confirmation

American Cable Association President and CEO Matthew M. Polka issued the following statement on Oct. 29 regarding Senate confirmation of Federal Communications Commission Chairman Thomas Wheeler and Commissioner Michael O'Rielly:

"ACA congratulates Chairman Wheeler and Commissioner O'Rielly on their Senate confirmation. We look forward to working with them as well as Commissioners Jessica Rosenworcel and Ajit Pai on addressing the critical communications policy issues facing the country. We also look forward to continuing our constructive relationship with Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, who deserves special praise for keeping the FCC's agenda on track while serving as Acting Chairwoman these past few months."

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ACA Commends FCC On Taking Flexible Approach To CVAA Reguations

The American Cable Association President and CEO on Oct. 31 commended the Federal Communications Commission on its adoption of new set-top box accessibility regulations under the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA):

"ACA supports the FCC's efforts to make user guides on set-top boxes (STBs) used to access multichannel video programming accessible to the blind and visually impaired, and we appreciate the extra two years (five years total) given to small cable operators to comply," ACA President and CEO Matthew M. Polka said.

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ACA: FCC Must Block Sinclair's Virtual TV Duopolies Included In Allbritton Deal

The American Cable Association called on the Federal Communications Commission to stop Sinclair Broadcast Group from taking effective control of two Big Four TV stations each in a pair of mid-sized markets where the broadcaster hopes to use its duopoly clout to force pay-TV providers, including ACA members, into paying excessive amounts for retransmission consent to carry those station signals.

"Approving Sinclair's merger with Allbritton Communications without changes sought by ACA and others would draw the FCC into embracing one of the most transparent evasions of its duopoly rule, which does not allow ownership of more than one of the top-four rated TV stations in a given market," ACA President and CEO Matthew M. Polka said on Oct. 28. "Sinclair's labored legal maneuverings should not be tolerated because they are blatantly inconsistent with the public interest in competitive local television markets, and approval of the deal would make a mockery of the FCC's enforcement of its own broadcast ownership rules."

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ACA Applauds FCC Action On Reform Of Rural Call Completion Regs

American Cable Association President and CEO Matthew M. Polka issued the following statement on Oct. 28 regarding the Federal Communications Commission's decision to reform rural phone call completion regulations:

"ACA applauds the Federal Communications Commission for taking important steps to address the rural call completion problem that affects its member companies and their customers, and for the manner in which the agency processed it.

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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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