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ACA Public Issue – February 9, 2012 

 Key Development  

Newspapers, Websites Publish ACA President Polka's Comments On Impact Of Sports Programming

A few days prior to Sunday’s Super Bowl in Indianapolis won by the New York Giants, ACA President and CEO Matthew M. Polka released an Op-Ed to stress the negative impact that rising sports programming costs are having on monthly cable and satellite TV bills.

Polka highlighted the National Football League’s new deals with ESPN, CBS, NBC and FOX worth $42 billion combined and the inability of consumers to opt out of cable and broadcast channels that carry these expensive NFL games. National and local newspapers and websites, such as TVNewsCheck and the Fall River (Mass.) Herald News, distributed Polka’s 830-word Op-Ed, which called on industry to address the sports programming issue soon or run the risk of federal intervention in response to consumer anger.

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In Online Debate, ACA Official Says Retransmission Consent Rules Outdated

In an online debate with representatives from the broadcast TV industry, American Cable Association Vice President of Government Affairs Ross Lieberman asserted that retransmission consent rules are broken and outdated, giving TV station owners a major leg up in carriage negotiations with pay-TV providers, especially smaller independent cable operators.

Lieberman stressed that current regulations embolden broadcasters to make unreasonable cash demands, noting that retrans fees have soared from $215 million in 2006 to an estimated $1.4 billion in 2011. TV stations, he added, are harming consumers not only by escalating the cost of retransmission consent but also by engaging in signal blackouts until their cash demands have been met.

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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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