ACA: FCC's "Third Way" Broadband Policy Could Mean Much Higher Pole Fees
Applying common carrier regulations to small and mid-sized broadband Internet service providers would cause pole attachment fees to soar and expose these firms to a host of other burdensome and economically destructive regulations at all levels of government, the American Cable Association and many industry stakeholders told the Federal Communications Commission.
In reply comments filed August 12 at the FCC, ACA stressed that many industry participants agreed that common carrier regulation under proposed FCC "Third Way" broadband policies would open a Pandora's Box of harms to providers, including rising pole attachment fees and possibly higher franchise fees and state and local taxes.
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Across this vast country, small and rural markets participate in the digital revolution by receiving video, broadband, and phone services from nearly 900 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 7.6 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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