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Public Issue January 7, 2010 



  Key Developments

ACA Calls On The FCC To Give Relief To Small Operators In Set-Top Box Proceeding

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The American Cable Association is calling on policymakers who are considering new set-top box regulations to recognize the public interest in ensuring the availability of affordable, high-functionality set-top boxes to small and medium-sized cable operators.

"Small cable operators' customers suffered when federal regulations drove up the cost of set-top boxes that are necessary for consumers to receive the wide range of advanced services that they desire, including DVR functionality," ACA President and CEO Matthew M. Polka said.

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ACA Backs Small Operators In Filing Program Access Complaint Against Comcast

The American Cable Association strongly supported four small cable operators in northern California in filing a federal complaint against Comcast Corp. to stop the country's largest operator from engaging in discriminatory conduct in the sale of two regional sports networks (RSNs) in the San Francisco and Sacramento television markets.

The complaint was filed at the Federal Communications Commission, which has the legal authority to bar cable operators from engaging in unfair methods of competition or unfair or deceptive acts or practices in the sale of cable programming in which they have an ownership interest. The cable operators lodging the complaint were WaveDivision Holdings, LLC, Horizon Cable TV, Inc., Stanford University, and City of San Bruno, Calif.

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  About ACA




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Small markets and rural areas across the country are receiving video, high-speed broadband, and phone services from more than 900 small and medium-sized independent operators represented by the American Cable Association (ACA).

ACA's membership comprises cable, phone, and fiber-to-the-home operators and municipalities, who deliver these affordable basic and advanced services, such as high-definition television, next generation Internet access, and digital phone, to more than 7 million households and businesses, some of whom have no other means of receiving these vital services.

These communications services are considered by most to be essential for individuals, companies, and other entities, like schools and hospitals, and are crucial to America's economic prosperity, particularly in smaller markets and rural areas.

The ACA works to ensure its members are treated fairly in the marketplace and in Washington, so that small and medium-sized independent operators may continue to thrive and deliver affordable video, broadband, and phone services to Main Street America. Through active participation in the legislative and regulatory process, ACA and its members advocate for the interests of their customers, their companies, and their communities to help ensure the continued viability of their hometown's way of life.

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