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Public Issue – February 10, 2011 

 Key Development  

FCC's Mignon Clyburn To Keynote ACA's 18th Annual Washington, D.C., Summit

Mignon Clyburn  
Federal Communications Commissioner Mignon L. Clyburn will deliver the keynote address on Tuesday, April 12 at this year's American Cable Association Summit, underscoring the vital role independent cable operators play in providing hometown America with access to critical communications services, the trade group announced Feb. 9.

"ACA is honored to welcome Commissioner Clyburn as our Summit keynote speaker, and our members look forward to hearing her perceptive insights on a range of public policy issues, affecting consumers, particularly those who are served by independent operators or who reside in smaller, rural markets and competitive areas," ACA President and CEO Matthew M. Polka said.

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  News Headlines
  • FCC Proposes Moving Phone Subsidy Focus To Internet (Reuters, 2/8)
    U.S. communications regulators proposed new rules on Tuesday that they say will help bring broadband to all of rural America.
  • FCC Commissioner Baker: It's Not Broadcast vs. Broadband (Multichannel News, 2/4)
    Federal Communications Commission commissioner Meredith Baker Friday said the debate over spectrum reform had devolved into two inaccurate and unhelpful narratives: a rush to reallocate 500 MHz of spectrum and 'broadcast vs. broadband.'
  • CSN California Returns To Dish After 10-Week Absence (Multichannel News, 2/3)
    Ending a dispute that kept Comcast SportsNet California off of Dish Network for over two months, the parties have reached a new carriage agreement that restores the RSN to the DBS provider's air.
  • AT&T: NAB Is Late To The Spectrum Party (AT&T Public Policy Blog, 2/3)
    In a statement yesterday, NAB raised points they thought it important to note.
  • Former Boucher Aide Levine Goes To FCC (National Journal, 2/3)
    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski said Thursday that he has hired a former key aide to ex-Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va., as his new special counsel.
  • Broadcast A Billion Dollar Business: Carey (Multichannel News, 2/2)
    With retransmission-consent agreements providing hundreds of millions of dollars of new revenue, News Corp.'s broadcast business should generate $1 billion in operating income per year in the new future, according to COO Chase Carey.
  • News Corp. Says Carriage Fights Cost $47 Million (Boradcasting & Cable, 2/2)
    News Corp., which reported its second quarter earnings on Wednesday, said that its carriage dispute with Dish Network cost the company $30 million in lost revenue.
  • Court Rejects Effort To Have Comcast Panel Hear Verizon Challenge (National Journal, 2/2)
    The U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Wednesday turned down Verizon's request to have the same panel that ruled in favor of Comcast's challenge to the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality enforcement action take up Verizon's lawsuit against the agency's latest action on the issue.
  • Lawmakers Want More Answers From Facebook (National Journal, 2/2)
    The concerns that two key lawmakers the House Energy and Commerce Committee raised Wednesday about Facebook's proposal to share its users' mobile phone and addresses with third parties will likely continue as lawmakers begin to craft legislation to provide online privacy safeguards for consumers.
  • Utility Commissioners Propose Resolution Favoring Content Neutrality (National Journal, 2/1)
    The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners has proposed a draft resolution that its members may vote on at its winter meeting later this month that would urge the Federal Communications Commission to ensure that all cable providers have equal access to content at a fair price.
  • Dish To Buy Bankrupt Satellite Firm DBSD For $1 Billion (Multichannel News, 2/1)
    Dish Network announced plans Monday to acquire DBSD North America, a hybrid satellite and terrestrial communications company formerly known as ICO North America that filed for bankruptcy reorganization, for approximately $1 billion.
  • Comcast And GE Complete NBC Deal (, 1/29)
    It's official. The new NBCUniversal is finally open for business.

For more news, visit the Headlines Page on the ACA website.

  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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