For Immediate Release
Contact: Ted Hearn
PITTSBURGH, July 23, 2019 – ACA Connects is calling on the Federal Communications Commission to further reduce the burdens associated with “leased access” capacity that cable operators must make available to programmers. ACA Connects urged this approach in further comments filed on July 22.
“We appreciate the efforts the FCC has already made to reduce burdens associated with leased access,” ACA Connects President and CEO Matthew M. Polka said. “The FCC should further reduce those burdens by permitting cable operators to use a single set of data for a set period of time in responding to leased access requests, rather than having to compile data anew for every request.”
Polka continued, “The FCC should also either set a minimum rate for leased access or otherwise adjust the formula so that the cable operators with the least profitable video services do not have to give away capacity for next to nothing that could otherwise be used for broadband.”
About ACA Connects: America’s Communications Association – Based in Pittsburgh, ACA Connects is a trade organization representing more than 700 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 business. For more information, visit: https://acaconnects.org