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ACA Public Issue – December 20, 2012 

 Key Developments  

ACA Urges FCC To Strengthen Program Access Protections For Buying Groups

The American Cable Association urged the Federal Communications Commission to reform its program access rules in a manner that gives program buying groups, such as the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC), the ability to seek relief under the important statutory protections that remain following the recent expiration of the program access exclusivity ban.

"ACA commends the FCC for recognizing the valuable role played by buying groups and urges it to adopt key reforms to ensure small and medium-sized multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) who license programming through buying groups receive the full benefit of the protections intended by Congress," ACA President and CEO Matthew M. Polka said.

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ACA's Polka Applauds Rep. Eshoo and Sen. Whitehouse As CALM Act Takes Effect

American Cable Association President and CEO Matthew M. Polka issued the following statement regarding the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act, which took effect on Dec. 13 -- one year to the day after adoption of the Federal Communications Commission’s implementing regulations.

"The American Cable Association applauds Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), authors of the CALM Act, for addressing the problem of loud TV commercials with proportional regulations that correctly took into account the concerns of small cable operators, few of whom have control over the volume of the commercials embedded in the programming streams heard by their subscribers.

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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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