PITTSBURGH, October 9, 2014 – American Cable Association President and CEO Matthew M. Polka issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s nomination of Michael O’Rielly to a new five-year term as a Commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission:
“ACA congratulates FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly on his nomination by President Obama to a new five-term at the agency. At a time of significant change and uncertainty in the communications sector, someone with Commissioner O’Rielly’s broad experience and knowledge will contribute to the production of regulatory outcomes certain to benefit consumers and stimulate competition.
“ACA was particularly pleased that Commission O’Rielly supported the bipartisan effort at the FCC earlier in the year to ban separately owned TV stations that serve the same local TV market from jointly negotiating retransmission consent with multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs). ACA looks forward to continue working with Commission O’Rielly and the other FCC Commissions on all the big issues awaiting action by the agency.”
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 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 https://acaconnects.org/