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ACA Public Issue – November 20, 2013 

 Key Developments  

ACA Applauds Sen. Rockefeller's Online Video Choice Bill

American Cable Association President and CEO Matthew M. Polka issued the following statement on Nov. 12 regarding the Consumer Choice in Online Video Act offered by Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Rockefeller:

"ACA applauds Chairman Rockefeller for his leadership on some of the most important issues that will shape the future of the video marketplace. ACA shares the Chairman's concerns, as reflected in his bill, about the ease with which certain existing players in the market can use their market power to harm consumers and impede competition."

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ACA: Data Need To Drive Path Forward On E-Rate Program Update

The American Cable Association offered concrete steps that the Federal Communications Commission can take now that will lead to a modernized E-rate program, one that achieves the objective of providing high-speed broadband connectivity to schools and libraries throughout the country.

"In our comments, ACA sought to provide the FCC with a path to create E-rate 2.0, the first steps of which are to define a precise and compelling mission for the program and determine through the collection of relevant data and information the nature and scope of the problems faced in achieving this goal. By establishing this solid foundation for reform, the FCC can ensure it maximizes the benefits for schools and libraries as well as the value of limited USF funding," ACA President and CEO Matthew M. Polka said.

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American Cable Association: FCC Must Stop Sinclair's TV Station Collusion

The American Cable Association called on the Federal Communications Commission to block Sinclair Television Group, Inc. from creating so-called virtual TV duopolies in two Florida markets where they plan on coordinating their retransmission consent negotiations as part of the broadcaster's transaction to acquire eight TV stations in all from New Age Media.

"Sinclair bears the burden of proving this deal will yield public interest benefits in both the Tallahassee and Gainesville television markets. It obviously can't do so because Sinclair plans to rely on shell companies to take effective control of two Big Four stations in each market and coordinate their retransmission consent negotiations," ACA President and CEO Matthew M. Polka said. "Failure to restrain Sinclair's plans to collude in the sale of retransmission consent will hammer consumers with more disruptive TV station blackouts and even higher retransmission consent fees in their cable bills."

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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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