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ACA Public Issue – January 9, 2013 

Be Part Of History: Join Congressman Barrow And FCC Commissioner Pai At ACA's 20th Anniversary Summit


On March 12-14 in Washington, D.C., ACA members from across the country are invited to celebrate their achievements, gain insight into key public policy issues and meet with policymakers and their staff on Capitol Hill.

"This ACA Summit promises to be a spectacular event that will honor our success in the past as well as map our goals for the future. With deep pride and conviction, ACA Members set out 20 years ago to become the authentic and respected voice of an independent cable community determined to influence communications policy in Washington, D.C. Though much works lies ahead, ACA has changed the tone and substance of the public policy debate for the better because media giants now know they cannot escape the strong and committed voice of our Members, and government regulators understand the importance of taking into account the disproportionate impact that regulations have on small video, broadband, and phone providers," ACA President and CEO Matthew M. Polka said.

We’re pleased to announce that two leaders in the field of communications policymaking, Rep. John Barrow of Georgia and Federal Communications Commission Commissioner Ajit Pai, are confirmed to address attendees at the Summit. Pai is scheduled to have a one-on-one discussion with Matt Polka on Wednesday, March 13, while Rep. Barrow will speak the following day, delivering that morning's Congressional Address before ACA Members head to Capitol Hill to discuss a range of issues, such as the proliferation of TV station blackouts due to retransmission consent impasses and the skyrocketing cost of sports programming. Be part of history: Register to attend!

 Key Developments  

ACA: Broadcaster Blackouts, Rate Hikes Plague Small Cable Operators

American Cable Association President and CEO Matthew M. Polka issued the following statement on Jan. 3 to highlight that TV station blackouts and excessive rate hikes continue to plague small cable operators, and to call on Congress to update decades-old rules that govern retransmission consent negotiations:

"Everyone should know by now that just because some retransmission consent deals got done at the last minute doesn't mean small cable operators and their customers didn't get taken to the cleaners by local broadcasters, who are supposed to operate in the public interest. Many ACA Members that signed deals before New Year's Day did so only reluctantly while others lost access to broadcast signals simply because they could not stomach broadcasters' exorbitant cash demands.

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ACA Pledges To Support Efforts To Prevent Future Newtown Tragedies

American Cable Association President and CEO Matthew M. Polka issued the following statement on Dec. 21 pledging the trade group's support to participate in talks about finding ways to prevent more tragedies like Newtown, Conn.

"Everyone at the American Cable Association -- Members, Board and Staff -- was devastated by the tragedy at Newtown, Conn. Our members live and work and provide service in thousands of towns across the country that are just like Newtown. We stand willing to participate in any discussion, public or private, that might help curb the type of horrific violence that occurred last week,” Polka said.

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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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