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American Cable Association President & CEO Matthew M. Polka Responds To Sen. Kerry’s Letter To The FCC And Department Of Justice

PITTSBURGH, December 17, 2010 - "ACA strongly supports Sen. John Kerry's letter yesterday to the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice that regulators must ensure the Comcast-NBCU transaction works for consumers.

"The Comcast-NBCU merger will harm consumers and competition unless regulators apply durable and meaningful conditions that are a success not only for the largest pay-TV providers but also for smaller cable providers who connect hometown America to the broadband superhighway.

"ACA agrees with Sen. Kerry that the Comcast-NBCU merger 'will create a unique company, with unique power in the market,' justifying a close regulatory review that prevents Comcast-NBCU from extracting above-market fees for its key programming assets -- such as NBC TV stations, Comcast regional sports networks and highly rated Comcast and NBCU national cable networks - from distributors."

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