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American Cable Association Urges Action On Critical Communications Policies Now That The Election Is Over

PITTSBURGH, November 7, 2012 - American Cable Association President and CEO Matthew M. Polka issued the following statement about Tuesday's election results:

"The American Cable Association congratulates President Obama on his re-election victory Tuesday night and all new and returning Members of Congress that ACA will work with in the days ahead.  With the long campaign season behind us, the independent cable community looks forward to working with the Administration, Congress and the Federal Communications Commission in helping to identify the critical communications policy reforms that deserve bipartisan support.

"Given broadcasters' record number of TV signal blackouts in 2012 in addition to reports that TV station retransmission consent fees will hit $6 billion in 2018 and massive new sports programming costs will drive pay-TV bills through the roof, ACA is hopeful that the next four years will yield true progress for consumers. We believe in greater choice and we support efforts to prevent media conglomerates from using consumers as pawns to gain financial leverage over family-owned business serving hometown America."

About the American Cable Association: Based in Pittsburgh, the American Cable Association is a trade organization representing about 850 smaller and medium-sized, independent cable companies who provide broadband services for more than 7.4 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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