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Public Issue – July 21, 2010 

 Key Developments  

ACA: FCC Must Conduct Impact Analysis Before Title II Broadband Reclassification

 
The American Cable Association told the Federal Communications Commission that the agency is required by law to delay implementation of any broadband reclassification (or reclassification and forbearance) decisions until completion of rulemakings because of the action would impose significant new duties and obligations on broadband operators.

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ACA: FCC Should Study The Impact Of Broadcasters' Collusion On Local Competition

 
The American Cable Association is calling on the Federal Communications Commission to widen the scope of the 2010 quadrennial media ownership review by examining whether the pooling of retransmission consent rights by local TV stations has produced a range of harmful negative effects, such as a reduction in the quality and quantity of local programming in markets across the country.

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ACA Joins Broad Alliance To Further Retransmission Consent Reform

 
The American Cable Association has joined a broad and unprecedented coalition made up of consumer groups, cable operators, satellite providers, phone companies, and independent programmers to shine a spotlight on broadcasters' increasing use of showdown tactics and brinkmanship in retransmission consent negotiations that cause disruption, uncertainty and even television blackouts.

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WOW! President & CEO Abdoulah Calls For Pro-Consumer Conditions On Comcast-NBCU Merger

 
Colleen Abdoulah, President and CEO, WOW! Internet, Cable & Phone, called on regulators to impose conditions on the Comcast-NBC Universal merger that would convincingly restrain the new media giant from using its market power to injure cable operators that purchase programming from Comcast-NBCU and operators that compete for pay-TV subscribers with Comcast's cable systems.

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ACA Supports Creation Of FCC Connect America Fund For Broadband Infrastructure

 
The American Cable Association is endorsing the Federal Communications Commission's tentative plan to overhaul the Universal Service Fund (USF), including the effort to create a first-ever broadband deployment fund financed by capping and reforming the $4.4 billion High Cost Fund. At the same time, ACA believes the FCC must establish proper transition measures for the High Cost Fund so that truly small providers in rural areas can continue their mission of providing quality service to their consumers.

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ACA Urges FCC To Progress Cautiously In Finding CableCARD Successor

 
The American Cable Association urged the Federal Communications Commission to move cautiously in seeking a successor to the CableCARD to ensure that independent cable operators and other small business entities are not burdened by disproportionate regulatory mandates.

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ACA Welcomes Addition Of New Members RCN, Knology

 
The American Cable Association is pleased to announce that RCN Corp. and Knology Inc. have joined the association, expanding the trade group’s membership of small and medium-sized video, broadband and phone operators.

"ACA is delighted to welcome RCN and Knology into the independent operator family. These experienced companies are joining us at a critical stage in our ongoing effort to secure fair and non-discriminatory policy results for independent operators serving hometown America," ACA President and CEO Matthew M. Polka said.

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  News Headlines
  • Senate Commerce Committee Approves Disabilities Legislation (The Hill, 07/15)
    The Senate Commerce Committee approved legislation on Thursday to require technology companies to make products that can be used by people with disabilities.
  • Feds Nearing Halfway Mark With $7.2 Billion Stimulus Funding (National Journal, 07/14)
    Federal regulators have distributed nearly half of the $7.2 billion in stimulus dollars set aside for extending broadband's reach, particularly to rural areas, with investments in 270 projects nationwide, according to a report released Wednesday by the Council of Economic Advisors.
  • AT&T Refiles Access Complaint Against Cablevision (Broadcasting & Cable, 07/14)
    AT&T Wednesday re-filed its program access complaint against Madison Square Garden and Cablevision over access to HD feeds for MSG and MSG Plus regional sports nets.
  • Cable: FCC's AllVid Goes Too Far (Light Reading Cable, 07/14)
    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) AllVid idea ain't all that.
  • NYC Court Tosses FCC's Fleeting Expletives Policy (Associated Press, 07/14)
    A federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down a government policy that can lead to broadcasters being fined for allowing even a single curse word on live television, saying it is unconstitutionally vague and threatens speech "at the heart of the First Amendment."
  • Hubbard Broadcasting Goes After Virtual TV Duopolies (TVNewsCheck, 07/13)
    Hubbard Broadcasting is asking the FCC as part of its review of media ownership rules to decide whether to allow so-called virtual duopolies that Hubbard believes violate current rules.
  • Copps: Comcast-NBCU Promises Do Not 'Pass The Test' (The Hill, 07/13)
    Democratic Federal Communications Commissioner (FCC) Michael Copps examined the $30 billion merger between Comcast and NBC Universal in light of the oil spill in the Gulf on Tuesday during an agency hearing in Chicago.
  • Blazers Take Comcast Battle To FCC (Portland Business Journal, 07/13)
    The Portland Trail Blazers have asked the Federal Communications Commission to place conditions on a proposed media merger between Comcast Corp., General Electric Co. and NBC Universal Inc.
  • Producers To FCC: Bring Back Fin-Syn (TVNewsCheck, 07/12)
    Nearly 20 years after the FCC threw out its so-called fin-syn rules, the Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors believes it's time to bring them back.
  • Stimulus Projects Bring Broadband To Disconnected (The New York Times, 07/09)
    Government stimulus spending is a contentious issue right now in Washington. But the $7.2 billion in the last stimulus package for extending high-speed Internet access is just beginning to be spent, and the beneficiaries could not be happier.

For more news, visit the Headlines Page on the ACA website.

  About ACA




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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 900 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 about 7.6 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.

For more information, visit www.americancable.org, or contact:

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