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Smaller, Independent Cable to FCC: Put Consumers First

PITTSBURGH, February 12, 2008 – In comments filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today, the American Cable Association (ACA) urged the Commission to address blatant price and program-tying discrimination from the broadcast and programming conglomerates against consumers and smaller, independent cable operators by making moderate changes to the FCC’s retransmission consent and program access regulations.

ACA’s comments were submitted to the FCC as part of the Commission’s current review of retransmission consent and programming tying arrangements. ACA represents 1,100 independent cable operators serving more than 7 million consumers in smaller and rural markets throughout all 50 states.

Independent Cable Rallies to Fight Discrimination at Hands of Broadcasters and Programmers

PHOENIX, February 19, 2008 — The need for action by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to address the harm of current retransmission consent and wholesale programming practices was the focus of a presentation made today by the American Cable Association (ACA) during the annual Winter Educational Conference of the National Cable Television Co-operative (NCTC). Speaking on a panel entitled, “ACA and the Firestorm of 2008,” ACA President and CEO Matthew M. Polka addressed the adverse effects broadcasters’ and programmers’ price discrimination and abuse of market power have on small and medium-sized, independent cable operators.

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