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Municipal ISPs Back Repeal Of Title II Classification and General Conduct Standard

Group Vows Continued Support For An Open Internet

PITTSBURGH, May 12, 2017 - American Cable Association President and CEO Matthew M. Polka issued the following statement about yesterday's letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai from a group of 19 municipal broadband providers that support the Chairman's plan to Restore Internet Freedom:

"The letter from 19 municipal Internet service providers drives home the point that the FCC's current open Internet regulatory regime needs to be scrapped.  These municipal ISPs - some of whom serve just a few hundred subscribers - explain that the previous FCC's decision was based on faulty assumptions and has proven costly for them and their communities.  So, Chairman Pai's effort to undo the current open Internet regulations and restore light-touch regulation of ISPs while maintaining an open Internet is not only justified but necessary to encourage the level of investment required to ensure that the Internet economy is an engine of growth and innovation."

About the American Cable Association: Based in Pittsburgh, the American Cable Association is a trade organization representing nearly 750 smaller and medium-sized, independent cable companies who provide broadband services for nearly 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 http://www.americancable.org/

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