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ACA Public Issue – November 24, 2009
 Key Developments  

ACA Calls on the FCC to Probe Broadcasters' Use of Local Marketing Agreements to Increase Their Leverage in Retransmission Consent Negotiations

  Retransmission Consent
The American Cable Association called on the Federal Communications Commission to open a proceeding to examine the use of local marketing agreements (LMAs) by broadcasters to attain even more bargaining power over small, independent cable operators in negotiations for signal carriage through retransmission consent.

For many years, broadcasters have used LMAs to enable one broadcaster to negotiate retransmission consent on behalf of two or more broadcasters within the same local market. These deals, which can be difficult to track, have occurred despite FCC duopoly rules that generally prohibit common ownership of two TV stations in the same local market to protect consumers and advertisers from anti-competitive conduct by broadcasters. Read More / Comment on Story

ACA Praises House Small Business Committee on Supportive Letter to NTIA, RUS on Broadband Stimulus Program

House Small Business Committee  
Chairwoman Nydia
Velázquez (D-N.Y.)
The American Cable Association applauded the bipartisan leadership of the House Committee on Small Business for writing a letter to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the Rural Utilities Service that supports changes to the $7.2 billion broadband stimulus program that incorporate many of the concerns raised by ACA board member and NewWave Communications President & CEO James Gleason at a committee hearing on Oct. 28, 2009.

  House Small Business Committee
Ranking Member
Sam Graves (R-Mo.)
"As the House Small Business Committee's detailed letter to NTIA and RUS makes clear, new rules are necessary now to encourage greater participation in the broadband stimulus program by smaller operators who currently serve smaller markets and rural areas and who, like many ACA members, have been leaders in providing advanced communications services in these areas for decades," American Cable Association President and CEO Matthew M. Polka said. Read More / Comment on Story

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 About ACA  

Small markets and rural areas across the country are receiving video, high-speed broadband, and phone services from more than 900 small and medium-sized independent operators represented by the American Cable Association (ACA).

ACA's membership comprises cable, phone, and fiber-to-the-home operators and municipalities, who deliver these affordable basic and advanced services, such as high-definition television, next generation Internet access, and digital phone, to more than 7 million households and businesses, some of whom have no other means of receiving these vital services.

These communications services are considered by most to be essential for individuals, companies, and other entities, like schools and hospitals, and are crucial to America's economic prosperity, particularly in smaller markets and rural areas.

The ACA works to ensure its members are treated fairly in the marketplace and in Washington, so that small and medium-sized independent operators may continue to thrive and deliver affordable video, broadband, and phone services to Main Street America. Through active participation in the legislative and regulatory process, ACA and its members advocate for the interests of their customers, their companies, and their communities to help ensure the continued viability of their hometown's way of life.

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