In numerous filings, ACA has shown the critical need for low-cost set-top
boxes to be available to small and medium-sized cable operators. Such devices
would allow these independent video distributors to upgrade their systems to all-digital
platforms and deliver advanced services to their customers. such as more
high definition ("HD") programming choices, and broadband speeds with the
potential to approach 100 Mbps.
For the reasons set forth below. ACA strongly supports Cable ONE's
novel Request for Waiver of 47 C.F.R. §76.1204(a)(1) to deploy low-cost, one-way,
integrated HO-capable all-digital devices ("HD ADDs") in its Dyersburg,
Tennessee area cable system, and urges the granting of Cable ONE's Request
for Waiver on an expedited basis.
American Cable Association.
ACA represents nearly 1,100 independent
cable companies that serve more than 7 million cable subscribers, primarily in
smaller markets and rural areas. ACA member systems are located in all 50
states and in nearly every congressional district. The companies range from
family-run cable businesses serving a single town to multiple-system operators
that focus on serving smaller 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.