"In our carriage talks, the broadcasters and programmers take advantage of the fact that we're a small government run system operator. They make take-it-or-leave-it offers, and coerce us into signing contracts with pages upon pages of complicated terms and conditions. Our city doesn't have the money to hire outside attorneys to help us, so we're left with little option but to sign these contracts which lead to our customers paying higher rates, and we certainly do not make any money."
"Our small size would make it difficult to handle a dual carriage obligation. I don't know how an operator in our situation affords the headend equipment and other costs."
With the upcoming round of retransmission consent negotiations, we know that we'll be forced to pay fees to broadcasters for the first time, and unfortunately our customers will have to foot the bill. As a small cable operator, programming is our already largest expense by far, and we simply cannot absorb any more increases in our carriage fees.
~David Shipley, Business Manager
Independent cable operators face unique challenges that require special consideration by the FCC in terms of how it deals with the digital television transition to ensure requirements do not impact the consumers or communities served - specifically, the digital must-carry requirements. Read More
In order for small cable operators to provide their customers with popular programming, large programmers often make them provide undesired programming on their most widely subscribed to tiers. Consumers pay the price for this abusive practice with higher cable rates and programming that is not aligned with their interests. Read More
When broadcasters abuse their market power to demand exorbitant fees from cable operators who want to offer their signals, consumers always pay the price. Broadcasters often discriminate against small and medium-sized cable operators, extracting retransmission consent fees at substantially higher per-subscriber rates than charged larger providers. Read More
|20||ACA Applauds Final Passage Of STELAR With Pro-Consumer Retransmission Consent And CableCARD Reforms|
|19||ACA Commends U.S. Rep. Pallone On His Election As Ranking Member On The House Energy & Commerce Committee |
|19||ACA Applauds House Passage Of New STELA Bill|
|18||ACA: FCC's Rural Broadband Experiments Reveal Strong Interest In Rural Broadband Projects|
|18||ACA Commends Bipartisan House Bill Modernizing Retransmission Consent And CableCARD Rules|
|17||ACA: Court Should Not Delay Or Deny Third-Party Access To Programming Contracts In Big MVPD Merger Reviews|
|10||ACA To FCC: Don’t Abandon Light-Touch Policy For Smaller Broadband Internet Access Providers|
|28||ACA Hopeful FCC Will Do More Than Help OTT Providers|
|17||D.C. Circuit Motion to Intervene and Opposition to Programmers' Emergency Motion for Stay re FCC's Joint Protective Order|
|29||FCC Ex Parte re Program Access Rules and the Definition of "MVPD" w/ Office of Cmmsr Clyburn|
|28||FCC Ex Parte re Program Access Rules and the Definition of "MVPD" w/ Office of Cmmsr Pai|
In order to protect the interests of independent cable operators, it is essential that members of Congress understand and respect the important role that ACA's more than 900 small and medium sized companies play in delivering communications services to more than 7 million households across the United States.
|31||Annual Cumulative Signal Leakage Report - FCC Form 320 Due|
|3||ACA's 22nd Annual Summit in Washington, D.C.|
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