PITTSBURGH, October 28, 2014 – American Cable Association President and CEO Matthew M. Polka issued the following statement regarding FCC Chairman Wheeler’s proposal to create a technology-neutral definition of a multichannel video programming distributor:
“With today’s announcement regarding a new technology-neutral definition of a multichannel video programming distributor (MVPD), the American Cable Association is hopeful that FCC Chairman Wheeler will also direct the Media Bureau to finish work on the FCC’s longstanding proposal to reform its program access rules.
“This action is needed to effectuate Congress’ intent that the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) — a cable programming buying group used by nearly all small and medium-sized MVPDs — receives the same program access protections that Chairman Wheeler recognizes are vital to the ability of over-the-top video programming distributors to enter and compete in this market.
“Hundreds of small MVPDs that are also broadband Internet service providers – including dozens of new competitive entrants in the market that joined NCTC in the last few years — would benefit from reform of the FCCs program access and, as a result, would be better positioned to continue their broadband deployment efforts.”
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/