ACA opposes the Petition for Reconsideration ("Petition")
filed by Public Knowledge and others (collectively, "Petitioners").
Petitioners' incorrectly claim that the
need for low-cost, limited-capability set-top boxes to facilitate the
digital transition has seen significantly reduced. The vast majority of
ACA members continue to operate systems that need to transition
channels from analog to digital. Therefore, the Commission should deny
the Petition based on the following manifest and compelling public
- Evolution's low-cost, limited-capability set-top boxes will help ACA's members
reclaim bandwidth and expedite the deployment of advanced digital services in
the smaller and rural markets served by ACA's members; and
- Evolution's low-cost, limited-capability set-top boxes will help ACA's members offer affordable broadband service to consumers.
For these reasons, the Commission should deny the Petition and maintain the waiver for its full term.