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ACA Public Issue – December 5, 2012 

 Key Developments  

ACA Applauds FCC On Pausing HD STB Home Networking Mandate

American Cable Association President and CEO Matthew M. Polka issued the following statement on Nov. 28 after the Federal Communications Commission decided to provide small cable operators an additional three months to come into compliance with the recordable, IP-based output requirement for HD set-top boxes beyond the 18-month extension granted to the entire industry:

"The American Cable Association applauds the FCC for recognizing that smaller operators have historically had difficulty complying with equipment and software mandates when facing the same deadline as larger operators. Instead of requiring small and medium-sized operators to file costly waivers in response to equipment and software shortages in the market, the FCC did the right thing by simply setting the deadline three months later for these operators,” Polka said.

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ACA Vice Chairman Gessner Interviewed On Orlando Radio 740AM

On Nov. 28, American Cable Association Vice Chairman Robert Gessner appeared on Orlando, Fl., sports radio station 740 AM to discuss the negative impact of the soaring cost of sports TV deals on monthly pay-TV bills – combined with the fact that consumers who are not sports fans are required to pay for football, baseball, basketball games they do not watch.

Hear the entire interview here.

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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 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 about 7.4 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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