The American Cable Association (“ACA”) responds to the National Association of Broadcaster’s (“NAB”) comments in this docket1 regarding relief from the Commission’s DTV must-carry obligations for small cable systems. Contrary to NAB’s assertions, the need for relief is demonstrable and acute. Further, the systems that would be subject to the exemptions requested by ACA would provide all
subscribers with a viewable signal delivered without material degradation.
ACA also supports the National Cable & Telecommunications Association’s comments regarding the formatting of analog versions of HD signals. Formatting choices should be made by the cable operator.
About the American Cable Association.
ACA represents nearly 1,100 small and medium-sized cable companies that serve more than seven million cable subscribers, primarily in smaller markets and rural areas. ACA member systems are located in all 50 states. The companies range from family-run cable businesses serving a single town to multiple system operators with small systems in small markets. More than half of ACA's members serve fewer than 1,000 subscribers. All ACA members face the challenges of upgrading and operating broadband networks in lower-density markets.