I. Introduction and Summary.
In its initial Comments, ACA asked the Commission to draft a National Broadband Plan that will enable the universal availability of reliable, reasonably priced high-speed broadband service. ACA outlined seven issues the Commission must address to ensure all Americans receive broadband service:
In short, ACA’s Comments demonstrated the steps the Commission must take to enable the nationwide availability of reliable, high-speed Internet access at reasonable prices.
ACA files this Reply to highlight the overwhelming support for its recommendations. Commenters agree that these steps are necessary to ensure broadband deployment to all Americans. Without these protections and limitations, content providers, pole owners and others will have ample opportunity to raise costs for consumers and harm broadband deployment in many of the smaller and rural markets served by ACA’s members.
In this Reply, ACA also brings to the Commission’s attention two additional matters of concern to small and medium-sized cable operators. First, the lack of affordable, high-capacity middle mile infrastructure in many smaller markets and rural areas prevents new and existing broadband operators from providing low-cost next generation broadband services to consumers in these areas. Second, Congressman Eric Massa (D-NY) recently introduced a bill that would restrain broadband operators’ freedom to offer consumers lower cost broadband service tiers based on their consumption. Therefore, in addition to the recommendations in ACA’s Comments, the Commission must also highlight the following in the National Broadband Plan to Congress:
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