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With Election Over, ACA Urges Action On Critical Communications Policies

American Cable Association President and CEO Matthew M. Polka issued the following statement about the Nov. 6 election results, which included the re-election of President Obama, House control by the Republicans and Senate control by the Democrats:

"The American Cable Association congratulates President Obama on his re-election victory and all new and returning Members of Congress that ACA will work with in the next two years.  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," Polka said.

Turning to policy matters, Polka added: "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."

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