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Public Issue – January 18, 2011 

 Key Development  

FCC Nearing OK Of Comcast-NBCU Deal With Conditions

The Federal Communications Commission is reportedly just days away from approval of the merger between Comcast Corp. and NBC Universal with a battery of conditions, some designed to mitigate transaction-specific harms identified by the American Cable Association in detailed filings and economic studies submitted during the past year, according to news accounts.

The $30 billion Comcast-NBCU deal, announced Dec. 3, 2009, would put Comcast in control of 10 NBC TV stations, more than a dozen top-tier NBC national cable networks and about 9 regional sports networks – all-must have content for pay-TV providers, especially those that compete head-to-head with Comcast for cable and broadband subscribers. Comcast already is the largest cable operator and residential broadband access provider in the nation.

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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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