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Cable Story: Sunrise Communications (Onaway, MI)

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"Our small size would make it difficult to handle a dual carriage obligation. I don't know how an operator in our situation affords the headend equipment and other costs." 

Bob Goodenow, Manager

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Member Profile: Vast Broadband (Sioux Falls, SD)

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In the following article that originally appeared in the Rapid City (S.D.) Journal, Vast  Broadband CEO and ACA Board member Jim Gleason stressed the need for Congress to pass a Local Choice law to replace the broken retransmission consent regime, which is driving up the price of cable and leading to a record number of TV station-caused blackouts:

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CableCo dba TVision (Colorado Springs, CO)

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With the upcoming round of retransmission consent negotiations, we know that we'll be forced to pay fees to broadcasters for the first time, and unfortunately our customers will have to foot the bill. As a small cable operator, programming is our already largest expense by far, and we simply cannot absorb any more increases in our carriage fees.

~David Shipley, Business Manager

Independent cable operators face unique challenges that require special consideration by the FCC in terms of how it deals with the digital television transition to ensure requirements do not impact the consumers or communities served - specifically, the digital must-carry requirements. Read More

 

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In order for small cable operators to provide their customers with popular programming, large programmers often make them provide undesired programming on their most widely subscribed to tiers. Consumers pay the price for this abusive practice with higher cable rates and programming that is not aligned with their interests.  Read More

 

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When broadcasters abuse their market power to demand exorbitant fees from cable operators who want to offer their signals, consumers always pay the price. Broadcasters often discriminate against small and medium-sized cable operators, extracting retransmission consent fees at substantially higher per-subscriber rates than charged larger providers. Read More

 

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