Among the achievements Polka discussed today were:
“The past nine months have marked a turning point for the American Cable Association and the small and independent cable industry,” said ACA President and Chief Executive Officer Matthew M. Polka. “Facing significant challenges to the way we do business and the way our members serve their customers, we have taken a stand and are strongly pushing back on the extortion and discriminatory practices we face at the hands of broadcasters and programmers. We are making progress at the FCC and in Congress to fix the broken retransmission consent regime and we are fighting to put an end to the practice of tying and bundling. This has been a remarkable year, and it is only the beginning.”
Polka went on to outline the legislative and regulatory agenda for the remainder of 2008 and 2009, including:
This year’s Independent Show, the eighth overall joint annual members’ meeting sponsored by ACA and the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC), is playing host to more than a thousand representatives from 155 independent cable operators from around the country representing more than 7.2 million cable subscribers.
About the American Cable Association
Based in Pittsburgh, the American Cable Association is a trade organization representing 1,100 smaller and medium-sized, independent cable companies who provide broadband services for more than 7 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 www.americancable.org.
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