PITTSBURGH, January 23, 2017 - American Cable Association President and CEO Matthew M. Polka issued the following statement regarding President Donald Trump's decision to name Ajit Pai as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission:
"ACA is pleased that President Trump has selected Ajit Pai as Chairman of the FCC. Over his many years of service as a Commissioner, he has demonstrated an extensive knowledge of communications law and policy and a deep understanding of the communications business and industry dynamic. Moreover, we at ACA have always found he has an open door to listen to our views and proposals. He respects and understands the concerns of independent cable operators, especially in those cases where they have been required to shoulder enormous regulatory burdens to the same extent as much larger providers, such as new obligations to comply with the Open Internet's enhanced transparency rules.
"ACA looks forward to working with Chairman Pai and FCC Commissioners Michael O'Rielly and Mignon Clyburn on charting a policy course that promotes investment, competition and consumer protection in an enduring bipartisan manner acceptable to all major stakeholders."About the American Cable Association: Based in Pittsburgh, the American Cable Association is a trade organization representing nearly 750 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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