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ACA Public Issue – September 14, 2012 

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ACA Urges FCC To Study Rise In Small Cable System Closings

 
The American Cable Association called on the Federal Communications Commission to identify in its next video competition report to Congress the number of small cable systems that have shut down operations in the past year and investigate the cause and context, including to what extent higher programming and infrastructure fees drove the decision to terminate multichannel video programming service in a particular community.

"The FCC has data showing that the number of cable systems has significantly decreased over the past five years. ACA believes that this trend reveals significant problems in the market for the delivery of video programming, particularly for smaller multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) serving smaller markets and rural areas. The FCC should be reporting data indicating that the number of cable systems nationwide are decreasing, and that small cable systems are disappearing from communities at a steady if not increasing rate. The FCC should also be assessing the likely harm to consumers and possible causes, both regulatory and non-regulatory," ACA President and CEO Matthew M. Polka said.

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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 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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