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Re: American Cable Association (“ACA”); Notice of Ex Parte Presentation MB Docket No. 07-198

Submission Date: 

Ms. Marlene Dortch
Federal Communications Commission
Enforcement Bureau
445 12th Street, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20554

Re: American Cable Association (“ACA”); Notice of Ex Parte Presentation
MB Docket No. 07-198

Dear Ms. Dortch:

Under 47 C.F.R. § 1.1206(b), we electronically provide this notice of an ex parte presentation in
the docket listed above. On April 9, 2008, the following persons met with Christina Chou Pauze, Legal Advisor to FCC Commissioner Robert M. McDowell:

Steven Weed, CEO, Wave Broadband
Martin Brophy, President and CEO, Shen-Heights Television
Frank Hughes, Senior VP – Programming, National Cable Television Cooperative
Tom Larsen, VP of Legal Affairs, Mediacom
Christopher Cinnamon, Attorney, Cinnamon Mueller
Nicole Paolini-Subramanya, Attorney, Cinnamon Mueller

ACA discussed its concerns about increasing retransmission consent price discrimination against
small and medium-sized cable operators. ACA members reported that they are facing “take it or leave it” retransmission consent offers with per-subscriber fees several times higher than larger cable operators and DBS pay for the same stations. ACA members reported that this raises costs for their subscribers, places them at a competitive disadvantage, and harms broadband  deployment.

Yours truly,
Nicole Paolini-Subramanya

cc: Ross J. Lieberman

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