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WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 27, 2016) – WTA-Advocates for Rural Broadband applauds the letter sent today to FCC Chairman Wheeler from ten Senators to bring attention to the effects the FCC’s set top box proposal will have on small pay-TV providers and their customers.
WTA specifically thanks Senators Steve Daines and John Tester for their bipartisan leadership on this issue, which threatens the continued operations of many small pay-TV providers and is likely to generate higher costs and few, if any, real benefits considering ongoing innovation in the video marketplace.
“This is the latest in a series of letters from Congress questioning the FCC’s set-top box proposal. It’s not often you see content providers, distributors, economists, Republicans, and Democrats all aligned against a proposal from the FCC,” said Derrick Owens, WTA’s Vice President of Government Affairs.
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Today, WTA filed a Petition for Reconsideration of the FCC’s March 2016 USF Reform Report and Order, Order and Order on Reconsideration and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. WTA seeks reconsideration on four areas: the Commission should reconsider and strengthen its requirements for qualifications as “unsubsidized competitors” to ensure that customers in affected “competitive” areas do not suffer loss or degradation of service; the Commission should clarify and expand its rules regarding the treatment of mergers and acquisitions after the ACAM and Rate of Return paths are implemented; the Order’s build-out obligations do not consider virtually certain price increases and delays regarding fiber optic cable and construction contractors; and the Order’s benchmark and budgetary controls render it unlikely that retail broadband rates can comply with reasonably comparability ceilings.A-CAM, fcc, standalone broadband, universal service, unsubsidized competitor, USF/ICC Reform