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Public Issue – November 11, 2009
 Key Developments  

ACA Board Member Testifies about Broadband Stimulus Program

  Jim Gleason
In recent congressional testimony, ACA board member and NewWave Communications President & CEO James Gleason praised the House and Senate for providing billions of dollars for new broadband infrastructure but urged lawmakers to ensure that the money is being allocated in a fair and cost-efficient manner so small cable operators can continue in their role as leading broadband access providers to consumers located in the most rural areas of the country.

"ACA members view the $7.2 billion broadband stimulus program as an important opportunity to continue their great work in constructing broadband facilities in remote and rural areas so these communities can enjoy technological parity with densely populated urban areas so accustomed to being the first in line," Gleason said in Oct. 28 testimony before the House Committee on Small Business. Read More / Comment on Story

Cable ONE President and CEO Tom Might Accepts ACC President's Award at Annual Banquet

Might Accepting Award  
The American Cable Association salutes Cable ONE President and CEO and ACA board member Tom Might on receiving the 2009 President's Award from the Association of Cable Communicators at an Oct. 26 dinner in Denver recognizing his leadership following the Hurricane Katrina disaster that struck the Gulf Coast region in 2005.

"The ACA is very pleased that ACC's top honor went to Tom Might, who richly deserved the accolade for the way the Cable ONE team, under Tom's steady leadership, responded to the crisis after Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, taking many lives, destroying homes and leaving Cable ONE without much of a business," American Cable Association President and CEO Matthew M. Polka said. "Under Tom's careful and caring direction, Cable ONE put the interests of its workers and customers first under disastrous circumstances." Read More / Comment on Story

 News Headlines  
  • Better Business Bureau Refers Comcast 'Fiber-Optic' Claim To FTC (Multichannel News, 11/4)
    The National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus has referred Comcast's decision to not participate in the industry group's adjudication process involving the advertising claim that the company provides "fiber-optic network" services to the Federal Trade Commission for further review.
  • MPAA Makes Push For PPV-Related Waiver (, 11/4)
    The MPAA on Wednesday filed a brief with the FCC backing its push for a waiver from certain regulations governing consumer electronics to allow use of new technology boosting security for pay-per-view movies.
  • House Committee: ISPs Must Block Scam Sites (Gigaom, 11/4)
    Internet service providers may become legally responsible for scam web sites and spam that passes over their lines if a new piece of legislation, the Investor Protection Act, gets turned into law.
  • Potential Comcast Bid For NBC Raises Regulatory Questions (The Washington Post, 11/3)
    Analysts are betting that a bid by Comcast to take over NBC Universal would probably be approved by regulators in Washington but with lots of conditions.
  • Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn Files Latest Anti-Net Neutrality Bill (, 10/31)
    This week Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., added to the growing number of network neutrality-related bills when she filed legislation that would ban the Federal Communications Commission from regulating internet access, as proposed last week by Chairman Julius Genachowski.
  • FCC Economist: Congestion Pricing Could Mean Efficient Network Operation (Broadcasting & Cable, 10/30)
    The FCC's chief economist has offered up the suggestion, though only a suggestion, that congestion pricing and network management may both be incentives to "efficient network operation."
  • After Net Neutrality, Will We Need "Google Neutrality?" (Ars Technica, 10/28)
    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has mounted a recent push to turn network neutrality "principles" into official regulations-and in doing so has stirred up the net neutrality hornet's nest once again.
  • Comcast Asks Court To Vacate Sanctions For P2P Blocking (Online Media Daily, 10/28)
    The Federal Communications Commission's decision to sanction Comcast for blocking peer-to-peer traffic should be vacated because the order "enforced mere policy -- not any provision of federal law," Comcast argues in its latest court papers.
  • U.S. May Seek Broadcasters' TV Spectrum for Use by Wireless (, 10/28)
    CBS Corp. and other broadcasters may have to give up airwaves to make room for more signals from wireless devices such as Apple Inc.'s iPhone, under a plan being considered by federal officials.
  • NTIA, RUS To Delay Announcement Of Broadband Bid Winners (Multichannel News, 10/27)
    The naming of winning bidders in the broadband stimulus grant/loan program will be delayed by a month or so, according to the heads of the relevant government agencies.

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

 About ACA  

Small markets and rural areas across the country are receiving video, high-speed broadband, and phone services from more than 900 small and medium-sized independent operators represented by the American Cable Association (ACA).

ACA's membership comprises cable, phone, and fiber-to-the-home operators and municipalities, who deliver these affordable basic and advanced services, such as high-definition television, next generation Internet access, and digital phone, to more than 7 million households and businesses, some of whom have no other means of receiving these vital services.

These communications services are considered by most to be essential for individuals, companies, and other entities, like schools and hospitals, and are crucial to America's economic prosperity, particularly in smaller markets and rural areas.

The ACA works to ensure its members are treated fairly in the marketplace and in Washington, so that small and medium-sized independent operators may continue to thrive and deliver affordable video, broadband, and phone services to Main Street America. Through active participation in the legislative and regulatory process, ACA and its members advocate for the interests of their customers, their companies, and their communities to help ensure the continued viability of their hometown's way of life.

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