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With Comcast-TWC Rejected, ACA Urges FCC To Complete Program Access, Retransmission Consent Rulemakings

PITTSBURGH, April 23, 2015 - American Cable Association President and CEO Matthew M. Polka issued the following statement regarding Comcast's decision to drop plans to merge with Time Warner Cable:

"Although the FCC no longer needs to review Comcast's attempt to supersize itself by acquiring Time Warner Cable, the agency's work is far from done.  The FCC should acknowledge now that the Comcast-NBCU merger conditions it put in place in 2011 have been ineffective at addressing the harms stemming from the troubling combination of Comcast's cable assets with NBCU's content.  To protect distributors and consumers from the harms posed by vertical integration, the FCC needs to act on its long-pending program access and retransmission reform rulemakings and adopt ACA's proposed solutions."

About the American Cable Association: Based in Pittsburgh, the American Cable Association is a trade organization representing about 850 smaller and medium-sized, independent cable companies who provide broadband services for nearly 7 million cable subscribers primarily located in rural and smaller suburban markets across America.  Through active participation in the regulatory and legislative process in Washington, D.C., ACA's members work together to advance the interests of their customers and ensure the future competitiveness and viability of their business.  For more information, visit http://www.americancable.org/

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