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Statement of ACA President/CEO Matthew M. Polka on the Appointment of Julius Genachowski as Chairman of the FCC

Pittsburgh, Pa., March 3, 2009 -- The American Cable Association saluted President Barack Obama's decision to nominate Julius Genachowski to be chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.

"The president has made a good choice to head a crucial agency like the FCC at a time of rapid technological change," ACA president and CEO Matt Polka said. "Under Genachowski's leadership, we hope the FCC will appreciate that small, independent cable operators have made the investment needed to provide high-speed Internet access to millions of Americans living in rural communities in all 50 states. We look forward to working with Genachowski on developing new approaches to broadband deployment following his Senate confirmation.

"The Internet has thrived due to policies of regulatory restraint initiated a decade ago by FCC Chairman William Kennard," Polka added. "We are eager to show the new chairman how broadband customers of ACA members are benefiting from a legal climate that gives network owners a fair amount of autonomy to manage their networks."

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