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ACA Applauds FCC For Short Postponement Of HD Set-Top Home Networking Mandate For Small Operators

PITTSBURGH, November 28, 2012 - American Cable Association President and CEO Matthew M. Polka issued the following statement after the Federal Communications Commission's decision to provide small cable operators an additional three months to come into compliance with the recordable, IP-based output requirement for HD set-top boxes beyond the 18-month extension granted to the entire industry:

"The American Cable Association applauds the FCC for recognizing that smaller operators have historically had difficulty complying with equipment mandates when facing the same deadline as larger operators.  Instead of requiring small and medium-sized operators to file costly waivers in response to equipment shortages in the market, the FCC did the right thing by simply setting the deadline three months later for these operators.

"The FCC's decision is an excellent example of smart public policy, and ACA commends the FCC for granting an 18-month extension to the entire industry as well."

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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