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ACA Statement On Program Access Ruling By U.S. Court Of Appeals For The D.C. Circuit

PITTSBURGH, March 12, 2010 - "While we are pleased that the court recognized that the FCC had substantial evidence to conclude that vertically integrated cable companies have the ability and incentive to withhold "must-have" programming from competitors, we maintain that the current program access rules are demonstrably ineffective for competitive pay-TV content buyers because they permit rampant, unjustified price discrimination.  Moreover, the rules fail to provide for an automatic right to continued carriage during the pendency of a complaint and do not offer any rate-setting mechanisms. For these reasons, ACA asserts that program access rules will not alleviate the substantial harms that would result from the Comcast-NBCU merger, and that structural or behavioral remedies must be put in place by the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice before that deal is approved."

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