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Public Issue – August 18, 2010 

 Key Developments  

ACA: FCC's "Third Way" Broadband Policy Could Mean Much Higher Pole Fees

Pole Fees  
Applying common carrier regulations to small and mid-sized broadband Internet service providers would cause pole attachment fees to soar and expose these firms to a host of other burdensome and economically destructive regulations at all levels of government, the American Cable Association and many industry stakeholders told the Federal Communications Commission.

In reply comments filed August 12 at the FCC, ACA stressed that many industry participants agreed that common carrier regulation under proposed FCC "Third Way" broadband policies would open a Pandora's Box of harms to providers, including rising pole attachment fees and possibly higher franchise fees and state and local taxes.

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American Cable Association Mourns Victims Of Alaska Plane Tragedy

Dana Tindall  
On Aug. 9, five people lost their lives in a plane crash in remote southwest Alaska, including former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), GCI executive Dana Tindall and Tindall’s 16-year-old daughter Corey. American Cable Association President and CEO Matthew M. Polka expressed condolences on behalf of the entire ACA organization, of which GCI is a member.

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  News Headlines
  • Allbritton's Advertising Assault Against Comcast-NBC Merger (The Washington Post, 08/13)
    As Comcast and NBC Universal push for a speedy review of its merger, one local media chief has launched an assault to tell federal regulators to slow down and look at potential problems the union could present to smaller competitors.
  • The FCC And The Bandwidth Wars (The Washington Post, 08/13)
    As a general rule, whenever you hear special-interest groups using near-hysterical language to warn that some proposal will destroy jobs, snuff out innovation and end free-market capitalism as we know it, you can generally assume that progress is being made.
  • AT&T: Third Way Is 'Road To Ruin' (Multichannel News, 08/13)
    In reply comments submitted to the FCC Thursday, AT&T told the commission that its proposal to reclassify broadband transmissions as a telecommunications service subject to some Title II common carrier regs--FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski's so-called "third way" proposal" -- would be a "road to ruin" based on "incontrovertible" evidence in the public record.
  • Google-Verizon Pact May Herald End Of Equal-Access Internet As FCC Stalls (Bloomberg, 08/12)
    Imagine an Internet where consumers paid a low price for basic service and more for add-ons such as 3-D video.
  • NTIA Broadband Stimulus Funding Cut By $302 Million (Multichannel News, 08/11)
    The National Telecommunications & Information Administration will have $302 million less in broadband stimulus grant money to give out by the end of next month, about 10% of what it still has left to hand out in the next six weeks.
  • Viacom Formally Appeals YouTub Decision (Multichannel News, 08/11)
    Viacom on Wednesday officially filed a notice that it will appeal a federal judge's June decision that Google and YouTube are protected from the media company's copyright-infringement claims by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
  • A Paper Trail Of Betrayal: Google's Net Neutrality Collapse (Ars Technica, 08/11)
    Like the rest of the technology world, we're wondering why Google has chosen to ally itself with Verizon, issuing a set of joint net neutrality recommendations that critics charge would significantly weaken the Federal Communications Commission's ability to protect the open Internet.
  • Comcast Spending $100 Million To Fight For NBCU Merger (The Philadelphia Inquirer, 08/11)
    Analyst Craig Moffett of Sanford C. Bernstein has a name for it - "NBC purgatory."
  • GOP Lawmakers Urge FCC To Block State VoIP Fees (The NationalJournal, 08/10)
    Two influential GOP House members called on the FCC Tuesday to block states from imposing fees on Internet telephony.
  • FCC Readies Comcast Net Neutrality Trap (New York Post, 08/09)
    Just months after a stinging rebuke by a federal appeals courts and days after his industry talks on net neutrality collapsed, Federal Communication Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski is once again pushing his pet project -- that Internet providers should be barred from treating some types of Web traffic better than others.
  • FCC, DOJ Will Coordinate Reviews Of Telcom Mergers (The Hill, 08/06)
    The Federal Communications Commission and the Justice Department's Antitrust Division will coordinate reviews of proposed telecom mergers to reconcile the agencies' competing policy goals, according to an anouncement from FCC chairman Julius Genachowski on Thursday.

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  About ACA

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.

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