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Public Issue – October 13, 2010 

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ACA: FCC Should Allow Use Of Low-Cost HD Boxes

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The American Cable Association is urging the Federal Communications Commission to allow cable operators to deploy low-cost HD boxes, saying relaxation of existing CableCARD rules would advance the analog-to-digital transition and allow providers to devote additional bandwidth to faster broadband speeds.

In recent meetings with FCC officials, ACA representatives reiterated the trade group's support for FCC proposals that would permit cable operators to place into service new one-way navigation devices that process HD signals and perform both conditional access and other functions in a single integrated device. The FCC is expected to adopt these proposals on Oct. 14, according to published reports.

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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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