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ACA Public Issue – October 24, 2012 

 Key Developments  

ACA Statement On FCC's Digital Basic Tier Encryption Order

In an Oct. 15 statement, American Cable Association President and CEO Matthew M. Polka responded to the Federal Communications Commission's decision to remove the ban on cable operator encryption of the digital basic service tier.

"The FCC's decision is a true win-win for consumers and cable operators, especially providers of cable service in high-cost rural areas. ACA expects at least some of its members to take advantage of this ruling soon after it takes effect,” Polka said.

The FCC’s action, announced Oct. 12, was unanimous among the five commissioners.

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 ACA Member News  

Congratulations to the winners and honorable mentions of the Communications Technology Platinum Awards held on Oct. 17 at the Rosen Plaza hotel in conjunction with the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo. This industry event recognized outstanding broadband-technology products and services used by voice, video and data providers along with the top of marketing campaigns aimed at increasing subscribership.

  • 2012 System of the Year: Massillon Cable TV Inc.
  • The 2012 "Best Skunkworks" Award: Massillon Cable TV Inc.
  • SCTE IP Challenge: Bradford Chatterjee of Cable One

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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 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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