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Public Issue – March 09, 2011 

 Key Development  

FCC Opens Retransmission Consent Rulemaking

 
Responding to a year-old request from a coalition supported by the American Cable Association, the Federal Communications Commission agreed March 3 to review its retransmission consent rules in an effort to shield consumers from powerful TV stations that pull their signals after failing to force pay-TV providers to pay excessive carriage fees.

"ACA believes an ‘Extreme Makeover: FCC Edition’ is needed to protect consumers from price-gouging TV stations," ACA President and CEO Matthew M. Polka said moments after the FCC vote. "For many years, ACA has been in the vanguard by warning that retransmission consent is a badly outdated system that inflicts serious economic harm on consumers served by independent cable operators put on the defensive by the aggressive cash demands of market-dominant TV stations. ACA commends the FCC for agreeing that the time has come to give careful consideration to new TV station carriage rules to ensure they reflect the market as it exists today and that consumers get to realize the benefits of real choice and robust competition."

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  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.

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