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ACA Public Issue – January 23, 2013 

 Key Developments  

ACA To FCC: Update Program Access Rules To Cover Buying Groups Like NCTC

The American Cable Association called on the Federal Communications Commission to ensure the rights of buying groups under the program access rules to access, on non-discriminatory terms and conditions, video programming controlled by vertically integrated cable operators and affiliated programmers.

"The FCC should adopt ACA's proposed reforms to the program access rules concerning buying groups as these changes will ensure that buying groups as they operate have rights under the program access rules as Congress intended," ACA President and CEO Matthew M. Polka said. "Moreover, it is very important that FCC rules treat buying groups like the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) comparably to multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) with regard to volume discounts and prevent cable-affiliated programmers from excluding regularly participating buying group members from opting-in to master agreements."

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ACA Hails Sen. Rockefeller On A Career Dedicated To The Unique Needs Of Rural America

American Cable Association President and CEO Matthew M. Polka issued the following statement on Sen. Jay Rockefeller's announcement that he will retire from the Senate at the conclusion of his term in January, 2015:

"The American Cable Association has nothing but the highest praise for Sen. Rockefeller, who has been a constant champion to ensure consumers have access to competitive communications markets and who has spoken out when market power threatened the public interest. Rural America has had a terrific champion in Sen. Rockefeller, and ACA has appreciated working with him over the years.

"Sen. Rockefeller's absence from the Senate will be felt for a long time, but ACA looks forward to engaging with him over the next two years on important communications issues. We know Sen. Rockefeller will remain active and speak out on the issues important not only to the State of West Virginia but to all of rural America."

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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 about 7.4 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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