PITTSBURGH, February 23, 2017 - American Cable Association President and CEO Matthew M. Polka issued the following statement regarding today's Federal Communications Commission's vote to shield smaller ISPs from costly enhanced transparency requirements:
"ACA applauds the FCC for reinstating, extending, and expanding the small Internet service provider (ISP) exemption from the Open internet enhanced transparency requirements. The FCC's action was clearly warranted. As ACA and others demonstrated - and as a bi-partisan group of Members of Congress found - application of these requirements to small ISPs would impose unreasonable costs on them while providing little, if any, benefit for end users and edge providers. ACA thanks Chairman Pai and Commissioner O'Rielly for acting so swiftly to remove the uncertainty small ISPs have lived under for the past two months. ACA also thanks Commissioner Clyburn, who understood the burdens the enhanced requirements imposed on small ISPs and who worked diligently since last fall to try to fashion a consensus solution."
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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