ACA Urges FCC To Confront Broadcasters On Retrans Price Fixing
Relying on clear and convincing evidence in the record, the American Cable Association called on the Federal Communications Commission to protect the television viewing public by confronting rampant price fixing by broadcasters before ACA members must start a new round of retransmission consent negotiations with hundreds of commercial broadcasters in October.
In June 27 reply comments filed with the FCC, ACA also urged the agency to sweep away barriers erected by networks and local stations that effectively ban cable operators from serving consumers with out-of-market signals as they are entitled to do under longstanding federal policy designed to promote access to significantly viewed stations and others stations providing important information deemed distant by an advertising research company.
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ACA Commends FCC On Clarifying Open Internet Disclosure Requirements
The American Cable Association commended the Federal Communications Commission for issuing new guidance to broadband access providers regarding compliance with the Open Internet disclosure requirements.
“ACA was concerned that the data collection burdens associated with the Open Internet disclosure rule had been underestimated, particularly for smaller broadband providers, and lacked specificity in key respects. The new guidance lessens concerns raised by ACA in its June 8, 2011 letter to the FCC (available here),” ACA President and CEO Matthew M. Polka said.
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ACA Urges FCC To Implement CALM Act Without Undue Cost Burdens
The American Cable Association called on the Federal Communications Commission to implement the CALM Act in a manner that minimizes cost burdens on independent cable operators in their effort to embrace specific digital broadcast television practices that will equalize the volume level between commercials and regular programming.
"Independent cable operators agree that jarring volume spikes at commercial breaks are a concern to consumers, although these annoyances have largely gone away with the industry's adoption of new
technologies and practices in recent years," ACA President and CEO Matthew M. Polka said.
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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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