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ACA Public Issue – June 20, 2012 

 Key Developments  

ACA Applauds White House Efforts To Facilitate Broadband Deployment

ACA President and CEO Matthew M. Polka issued the following statement after President Obama signed a new executive order requiring federal agencies to develop new uniform policies and practices for accessing the federal government’s assets for the purpose of broadband deployment:

"In the last decade, ACA members have been aggressively deploying broadband in smaller markets and rural areas, and these operators are continuously looking to make further investments in unserved and underserved areas. However, these opportunities for broadband deployment are far too often delayed or derailed because of the inability of ACA members to receive necessary or timely rights of way on reasonable terms, including over federal land," Polka said.

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American Cable Association Praises FCC Sunset Of Viewability Rule

ACA President and CEO Matthew M. Polka issued the following statement after the Federal Communications Commission voted to sunset the viewability rule, which required cable systems to utilize their channel capacity to carry the signals of must carry broadcast signals in both digital and analog format:

“ACA commends the Federal Communications Commission for allowing the viewability rule to sunset on schedule three years after the DTV transition. By permitting cable operators to offer must-carry signals in digital only, these providers can now use the reclaimed capacity to offer improved services, such as better broadband and more diverse programming options.

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 In Memory  

ACA Board Member, Felix L. Boccucci, Jr.

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you today of the passing of our Board member Felix L. Boccucci, Jr. of Knology on June 15th after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Felix joined the ACA Board of Directors on July 25, 2010. He was an inspiration to all of us as he battled his medical concerns with determination and courage.

Felix was one of two original Knology employees and most recently served as executive vice president in charge of all government relations for Knology, based in West Point, GA. He is survived by his wife, Connie, of LaGrange, and sons, Jacob and Brady.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society ( and/or the LaGrange Blue Sox.

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  News Headlines

  • FCC Names New Wireline Chief (Broadcasting & Cable, 6/15)
    Julie Veach, deputy general counsel at the FCC, will be the new wireline competition bureau chief at the FCC, Julius Genechowski, FCC chairman said Friday.
  • NTIA Slates First Stakeholder Meeting (Multichannel News, 6/15)
    The National Telecommunications & Information Administration will hold its first privacy multistakeholder meeting July 12. The subject, as expected, will be a code of conduct for applications and interactive services on mobile devices.
  • Executive Order Drives Better, Faster Broadband (Communications Technology, 6/14)
    Today, President Obama signed an executive order aimed at making broadband construction along federal roadways and properties as much as 90-percent cheaper and more efficient.
  • Future Of Video, FCC Oversight Hearings Slated (Multichannel News, 6/14)
    The House Energy & Commerce Committee's Communications Subcommittee will hold a future of video hearing June 27, following up on last week's hearing on the future of audio.
  • Markey, Conyers, House Dems Urge FCC And DOJ To Scruntinize Proposed Verizon SpectrumCo Deal For Impacts On Competition, Consumers (MSP News, 6/14)
    Rep. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass. (7th CD), issued the following news release: Today, led by Congressmen Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and John Conyers (D-Mich.), a group of House Democrats sent letters to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski and all four FCC commissioners as well as Attorney General Eric Holder to urge them to closely scrutinize the proposed Verizon Wireless-SpectrumCo deal for impacts on the pro-consumer, pro-competition objectives of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.
  • NAB: Retrans, Exclusivity Must Apply To OVDs (Broadcasting & Cable, 6/13)
    The National Association of Broadcasters has doubled down on its assertion that the must carry-retransmission consent regime and program exclusivity rules must be applied to over-the-top video providers.
  • President Launching US Ignite High Speed Broadband Effort (Broadcasting & Cable, 6/13)
    President Barack Obama tomorrow is officially launching US Ignite, a high-speed broadband initiative involving government, industry and nonprofit organizations. Comcast is one of almost 100 partners cited by the White House Wednesday.
  • Cable Cheers FCC Vote To Kill 'Viewability Rule' (The Hill, 6/12)
    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted late Monday to extend its "viewability rule" for just six months, allowing the requirement to expire in December.
  • Moody's: Retrans Fees Could Hit $6 Billion (Spots 'N, 6/12)
    Right now there seems to be a rash of disputes/standoffs between TV stations and pay TV providers--cable systems, satellite cos.
  • Broadcast Nets: Higher Ratings Should Merit Higher Retrans Fees (, 6/8)
    Although retransmission fees continue to climb, broadcasters say they are still nowhere near the carriage fee levels paid to cable networks.

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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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