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ACA Public Issue – September 13, 2013 

 Key Developments  

ACA Board Member Earle MacKenzie Testifies Before House Panel On Communications Reform

 
American Cable Association Board Member Earle A. MacKenzie (right), who is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (Shentel), testified Sept. 10 before the House Subcommittee On Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet regarding a number of communications polices critical to the independent cable community, including: copyright compulsory licensing; retransmission consent; sports programming costs; program access; and the set-top box integration ban. Here is a link to MacKenzie’s full written testimony:

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ACA Applauds Rep. Eshoo's Balanced Retransmission Consent Reform Draft Bill

 
American Cable Association President and CEO Matthew M. Polka issued the following statement on Sept. 9 regarding Rep. Anna Eshoo's draft legislation that would reform the outdated retransmission consent system:

"ACA applauds Rep. Eshoo for having the vision and courage to offer a timely and thoughtful plan for addressing serious problems causing harm to consumers related to the broken retransmission consent and sports programming markets -- highlighted by a record-number of broadcaster signal blackouts and skyrocketing retrans fees that push up monthly pay-TV bills.

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ACA: Flip Response To Retrans Crisis From Out-Of-Touch Broadcasters Proves Eshoo Bill Needed

 
American Cable Association President and CEO Matthew M. Polka issued the following statement on Sept. 11 regarding the National Association of Broadcasters’ opposition to retransmission consent reform draft legislation proposed by Rep. Anna Eshoo:

“NAB’s outright rejection of Rep. Eshoo’s thoughtful and well-intentioned draft legislation on retransmission consent shows that retrans-hungry owners of network-affiliated TV stations have lost touch with the interests of their own viewers.

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ACA: With CBS' Blackout Over, Retransmission Consent Reform Should Begin

 
American Cable Association President and CEO Matthew M. Polka issued the following statement on Sept. 2 regarding CBS' decision to end its blackout of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks after 32 days:

"The point that no one should miss is that CBS' massive blackout of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks showed that the retransmission consent market is broken and outdated rules governing these negotiations need to be updated to reflect current market conditions. If CBS can leave millions of pay-TV viewers in the dark for 32 days, no one can say with a straight face that the marketplace is working well for consumers.

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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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