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ACA Congratulates Commissioner McDowell On FCC Nomination

Obama Appointee Has Shown Concern About Excessive Regulation

PITTSBURGH, June 3, 2009 - The American Cable Association congratulated Federal Communications Commission member Robert McDowell on President Obama's announcement that he intends to nominate him for a new five-year term at the independent agency.

"Over the years, Commissioner McDowell has repeatedly demonstrated he understands that the cost of government regulation can harm small cable companies. We agreed with Commissioner McDowell when he voted to exempt small cable providers from rules that required cable carriage of many TV stations in both analog and digital formats for at least three years. ACA also supported Commissioner McDowell when he opposed deep cuts in cable leased access rates, a view later endorsed by the Office of Management and Budget and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. ACA looks forward to working with Commissioner McDowell for another term at the Commission," ACA president and CEO Matthew M. Polka said.

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Based in Pittsburgh, the American Cable Association is a trade organization representing more than 900 smaller and medium-sized, independent cable companies who provide broadband services for more than 7 million cable subscribers primarily located in rural and smaller suburban markets across America.  Through active participation in the regulatory and legislative process in Washington, D.C., ACA's members work together to advance the interests of their customers and ensure the future competitiveness and viability of their business.  For more information, visit http://www.americancable.org/

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