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ACA Statement On FCC Action To Promote Timely And Affordable Access To Utility Poles

PITTSBURGH, May 20, 2010 -  "The American Cable Association applauds the Federal Communications Commission for responding to small cable operators by adopting rules that will simultaneously speed access to utility poles and help expedite the rollout of broadband facilities in rural America. ACA hopes Congress will follow suit by passing legislation, as recommended by the Commission in its National Broadband Plan, that would eliminate municipalities and electric co-operatives' exemption under the Pole Attachment Act of 1978 that allows them to charge excessive fees to rural broadband providers."

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Based in Pittsburgh, the American Cable Association is a trade organization representing nearly 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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