For Immediate Release
Contact: Ted Hearn
PITTSBURGH, September 26, 2018 – American Cable Association President and CEO Matthew M. Polka issued the following statement in response to the Federal Communications Commission’s vote today to eliminate Form 325:
“ACA applauds the FCC for eliminating Form 325. As the FCC noted, Form 325 no longer served the purpose for which it was originally intended and represented an unnecessary burden for cable operators, especially small operators with limited resources.
“If there were a time when Form 325 was necessary, it goes back to the days — decades ago — when the FCC needed help in making informed decisions about the regulation of a still-young and rapidly changing cable industry. But those days are long past. The elimination of the form has been long overdue.
“The record was unmistakably clear that the public benefits of Form 325’s data collection no longer outweighed the significant burdens that the requirement imposes. Although cable operators expend considerable effort to provide the FCC the information collected by Form 325, the record shows that the value of this data to the FCC was fairly minimal and accessible to the FCC from alternative sources.”
About the American Cable Association: Based in Pittsburgh, the American Cable Association is a trade organization representing more than 700 smaller and medium-sized, independent companies that provide broadband, phone and video services to nearly 8 million customers 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/