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American Cable Association President and CEO Matthew M. Polka Comments On Full Channel TV’s Letter To FCC Chairman Genachowski

PITTSBURGH, February 24, 2011 - "Full Channel TV's Feb. 23 letter (attached) to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski underscores the difficulty that small cable operators face when negotiating retransmission consent with TV stations that have considerable market power and enjoy regulatory advantages granted long ago under entirely different competitive circumstances.

"Without new retrans rules, consumers served by ACA members will continue to experience sudden TV station signal loss and become repeat victims of broadcasters' "blackmail or blackout" strategy that they think somehow fulfills their solemn statutory duty to serve the public interest."

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