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Public Issue – December 22, 2010 

Happy New Year  
ACA Sends Its Best Wishes
for a Happy and Profitable 2011!

 Key Development  

ACA Applauds FCC For Retransmission Consent Rulemaking

In response to requests from the American Cable Association and others concerned about the failing retransmission consent law, the Federal Communications Commission is planning to consider new rules that would potentially protect pay-TV customers from broadcasters that suddenly pull their signals to pressure cable operators into paying excessive fees for carriage.

William Lake, chief of the FCC's Media Bureau, said the agency would conduct a rulemaking next year to determine what the FCC can do better to protect consumers from broadcasters' increasing reliance on signal blackouts to gain leverage over pay-TV distributors in retransmission consent negotiations.

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ACA Praises Lawmakers Seeking Comcast-NBCU Conditions

The American Cable Association praised key Capitol Hill lawmakers for recommending conditions that would protect consumers and competition from market power abuses stemming from the proposed $30 billion Comcast-NBC Universal merger announced more than a year ago and still awaiting regulatory approval from the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice.

"The market power flowing from the Comcast-NBCU merger will cost pay-TV subscribers at least $2.4 billion more over nine years without narrowly tailored conditions to curb abuses," ACA President and CEO Matthew M. Polka said. "We firmly believe that the Comcast-NBCU transaction will raise costs for consumers and we urge regulators to adopt remedies that work for smaller operators."

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ACA Salutes New House Telecom Panel Chairman Rep. Walden

Rep. Walden  
Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), a former small businessman and radio station owner, has been named the next chairman of the House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet, the panel that oversees the cable, broadcasting and satellite TV industries as well as the Federal Communications Commission.

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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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