PITTSBURGH, October 18, 2021 – ACA Connects President and CEO Matthew M. Polka issued the following statement on the decision by Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) to not seek re-election in 2022:
“Proud of his Pittsburgh roots and dedicated to improving the lives of his constituents, Rep. Mike Doyle was greatly admired and respected because he always made clear that his chief loyalty was simply to be the best public servant he could be. We appreciate that Rep. Doyle took the time to understand our issues and allow ACA Connects to interact in positive ways with his House Communications & Technology Subcommittee – most recently in June, 2019, when ACA Connects Chairman Patricia Jo Boyers testified on legislation that would soon become the Television Viewer Protection Act of 2019 (TVPA). That law took a big step forward in rectifying disparities in retransmission consent law harmful to the customers of smaller multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs).
“It’s been my great privilege to know Rep. Doyle over the years and to witness the amount of time and effort he devoted to ensuring that all Americans can benefit from access to advanced communications technologies. Ahead of many others, Rep. Doyle understood that spreading the wonders of broadband Internet access coast-to-coast required a private-public partnership, and ACA Connects was more than happy to help Rep. Doyle achieve shared goals.”
About ACA Connects: America’s Communications Association – Based in Pittsburgh, ACA Connects is a trade organization representing more than 600 smaller and medium-sized, independent companies that provide broadband, phone and video services to nearly 8 million customers primarily located in rural and smaller suburban markets across America. Through active participation in the regulatory and legislative process in Washington, D.C., ACA Connects’ members work together to advance the interests of their customers and ensure the future competitiveness and viability of their businesses. For more information, visit: http://www.ACAConnects.org