American Cable Association President and CEO Matthew M. Polka issued the following statement on July 22 regarding the Federal Communications Commission's most recent video competition report:
"ACA commends the Federal Communications Commission for acknowledging in its 15th Annual Video Competition Report that the number of cable systems operating nationwide is decreasing, and for including evidence that hundreds of small cable systems have ceased offering service in their communities. Although the report indicates that the FCC has not collected data on the reasons why these cable systems have ceased operations, it acknowledges that small systems lack scale economies enjoyed by larger competitors. With facts about the number of these small system closures now being reported by the expert agency, policymakers should take greater note of the economic fragility of small cable systems, and take this into account when considering adoption of new rules and regulations that impose disproportionate burdens on them. ACA also praises the FCC for reporting on the current retransmission consent market in more depth, including noting that separately owned, same-market broadcasters are coordinating their retransmission consent negotiations."