PITTSBURGH, January 26, 2017 - American Cable Association President and CEO Matthew M. Polka issued the following statement regarding the Federal Communications Commission's approval of New York State's petition for a waiver to access Connect America Fund support:
"ACA appreciates the diligent review conducted and balanced decision reached by the FCC in approving New York State's petition for a waiver to access Connect America Fund support. New York has one-upped the FCC by instituting a program to bring broadband service with performance capabilities that exceed those required by the FCC to unserved areas while ensuring government money is used efficiently and accountably. Moreover, New York is chipping in substantial additional funding. That forward-looking approach, which greatly benefits New York residents, businesses, and communities, should be rewarded. So long as those robust requirements are met, the FCC should permit other states to join New York in partnering in the Connect America Fund program."
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