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ACA Public Issue – April 24, 2013 

 Key Developments  

ACA Statement On FCC Decision To Adopt Greenfield CAF Cost Model

 
American Cable Association President and CEO Matthew M. Polka issued April 22 the following statement expressing disappointment with the broadband deployment support cost model selected by the Federal Communications Commission's Wireline Competition Bureau:

"ACA is disappointed in the Wireline Competition Bureau's decision to use a greenfield approach as the design for the Connect America Fund cost model. The Bureau's chosen approach will provide large telephone companies, the so-called price cap carriers, with excess support while millions of households will remain without broadband for the foreseeable future."

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ACA To FCC: Special Access Data Mandates Violate Paperwork Reduction Act

 
The American Cable Association called on the Federal Communications Commission to overhaul its proposed special access data mandates on small cable operators, asserting that the large and disproportionate cost burdens anticipated by these providers would render the agency's actions unlawful under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA).

"The cost of gathering, collating, and formatting the information will be excessive for small cable operators," ACA President and CEO Matthew M. Polka said. "Because the request imposes such large burdens on small cable operators, ACA submits they are not compliant with the PRA's directive to minimize the paperwork burden, especially for smaller entities, and need to be extensively revised before the mandatory data request should be issued."

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ACA Statement On FCC Decision Implementing Emergency Info Accessibility Mandates

 
American Cable Association President and CEO Matthew M. Polka issued April 10 the following statement with regard to the Federal Communications Commission's decision implementing the emergency information accessibility requirements contained in the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA).

"We are pleased with the FCC's recognition that many small cable systems will face unique challenges in complying with its emergency information accessibility rule. In its order, the FCC expressly welcomed ACA to file a request for waiver to address the concerns and obtain the relief ACA proposed in this proceeding for systems unable to pass through aural emergency information on a secondary audio program stream."

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ACA Applauds New Bipartisan Rural Telecommunications Working Group In House

 
American Cable Association President and CEO Matthew M. Polka issued April 17 the following statement on the formation of a bipartisan working group of House Energy and Commerce Committee members that will work to promote rural telecommunication issues within the Committee:

"ACA is very pleased that Reps. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and Bob Latta (R-Oh.) today announced that a bipartisan group of lawmakers on the House Energy and Commerce Committee will work to promote rural telecommunication issues within the panel, which oversees the communications industry and the Federal Communications Commission.

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ACA: No FCC Broadband Money Into Areas Cable Is Serving

 
The American Cable Association called on the Federal Communications Commission to presume that larger telephone carriers - the so-called price cap carriers - should not receive support to deploy broadband in areas where cable operators provide broadband according to the National Broadband Map.

"Providing taxpayer money to support broadband deployment in areas already served by ACA Members would undermine private sector investment in operating and expanding broadband deployment and would waste scarce government resources," ACA President and CEO Matthew M. Polka said. "In determining areas eligible for broadband support, the FCC should presume that all areas where ACA members provide broadband service of at least 3 Mbps / 768 Kbps speeds on the NBM are not eligible for funding."

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 About ACA  

ACA  
Across this vast country, small and rural markets participate in the digital revolution by receiving video, broadband, and phone services from nearly 850 small and medium-sized independent operators represented by the American Cable Association (ACA).

ACA’s members -- cable, phone, and fiber-to-the-home operators and municipalities -- deliver affordable basic and advanced services to more than 7 million households and businesses. ACA members operate in every state, offering high-definition television, next generation Internet access, and digital phone service.

Access to advanced communications is not a luxury but a critical necessity for consumers and companies, schools and hospitals. America’s economic prosperity in smaller markets and rural areas depends on the growth and success of ACA members, who believe a connected nation, is a united nation.

The ACA asks lawmakers and regulators to ensure fair treatment so that small and medium-sized independent operators may continue to supply affordable video, broadband, and phone services to Main Street America. Through active participation in the policymaking process, ACA members and leaders advocate for the interests of their customers, their companies, and their communities to help ensure the continued viability of their way of life in hometown America.

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