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ACA President & CEO Matthew M. Polka Comments On New USF Proposals But Reserves Final Judgment While Awaiting Details

PITTSBURGH, July 29, 2011 - "ACA is pleased that the plan submitted by AT&T, Verizon and a number of mid-size telephone companies appears to seek to ensure that the Universal Service Fund regime is fiscally responsible, particularly by curbing its runaway growth, and by limiting, if not prohibiting, funding in areas where competing systems provide broadband service. These two positions, along with ensuring that ACA's members that fall within the smaller telco category are given sufficient time to adjust to changes in the system, have been our association's main pillars throughout this process. 

"But, as we all know, the specific terms and conditions of both proposals are critical.  Until ACA has reviewed them in detail and discussed them with the ACA Board, ACA is reserving final judgment. ACA intends to file comments with the Federal Communications Commission on the new proposals, providing feedback from the perspective of ACA's nearly 900 independent video, telephone and broadband providers serving smaller markets and rural areas, more than half of whom do so without any government assistance."

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