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Public Issue – September 15, 2010 

 Key Developments  

ACA Responds To Disney-Time Warner Cable Agreement

Walt Disney Co. and Time Warner Cable recently reached a long-term program carriage agreement for Disney-owned ABC TV stations, marquee cable channels such as ESPN and online products such as

Though neither side disclosed financial details, published reports claimed Disney won a per-subscriber retransmission consent fee in the range of 40 cents to 50 cents a month for each ABC TV station.

American Cable Association President and CEO Matthew M. Polka issued a statement partly in response to comments by some that the Disney-Time Warner Cable accord was indicative of a smooth-functioning market that is benefiting consumers.

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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 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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