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ACA President & CEO Matthew M. Polka Commenting On Chairman Genachowski’s Remarks On Preserving Internet Freedom and Openness

PITTSBURGH, December 1, 2010 - "Based on Federal Communications Commission Chairman Genachowski's statement today, the ACA appreciates the Chairman's effort to adopt regulations designed to protect and preserve an open Internet under a set of consumer-centric principles that would not involve reclassification of broadband access as a common carrier service. A Title II framework would have imposed large and burdensome costs on small cable operators that offer broadband service, as ACA documented in filings with the agency this year. It's also important that Chairman Genachowski's statement recognized the importance of business innovation that promotes network investment and efficient use of networks, including measures that match price to cost, such as usage-based pricing.

"Chairman Genachowski's statement reflects a desire to reach a balanced compromise -- one that rests on a desire to protect broadband consumers while at the same time recognizing the important network management concerns of broadband providers. As the process moves forward, ACA is committed to playing a constructive role without abandoning its view that disproportionately burdensome regulation will fail to spur robust economic growth generated by broadband investment, innovation and infrastructure deployment made by ACA members serving some of the most economically challenging markets in the country."

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