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Public Issue – October 5, 2011 

 Key Development  

ACA: FCC Prevent Gatekeepers From Impeding Access To Rights Of Way

Right of Way  
The American Cable Association called on the Federal Communications Commission to take firm action against public and private entities that impede broadband deployment by demanding excessive fees to access rights of way or taking unacceptably long amounts of time to process necessary forms and applications, causing frustrating delays and adding substantially to costs.

"The need for an FCC response is crucial because ACA members have identified many restrictions, delays, excessive fees and competitively discriminatory policies imposed by private and public entities when seeking to extend service to new communities," ACA President and CEO Matthew M. Polka said. "ACA members face real problems that the FCC needs to address, including unfair, unreasonable and discriminatory treatment at the hands of inhospitable gatekeepers."

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ACA Calls On FCC To Remove Regulatory Barriers To Cable-CLEC Combinations

The American Cable Association is urging the Federal Communications Commission to promote choice, efficiency and competition in telecommunications services by adopting regulations that would eliminate obstructions to mergers between cable operators and competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs) in markets traditionally dominated by large incumbent carriers.

"Alliances between cable companies and CLECs can promote greater facilities-based competition with the big telcos and other providers, encouraging lower rates, higher quality, and more innovative service offerings," ACA President and CEO Matthew M. Polka said. "The likelihood of any antitrust concerns with such arrangements is remote because cable companies and CLECs serve different customer segments, and cable companies and CLECs are non-dominant providers of local telecommunications services."

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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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