Independent cable executives who met outside of Washington, D.C., yesterday were optimistic about achieving their policy goals in 2009, according to the American Cable Association, which organized the gathering. "With a different audience (of policymakers and lawmakers), we might have a more sympathetic ear for small operators," said Steve Weed, CEO of Wave Broadband. Several hundred operators attending the three-day event considered the broadband stimulus funding, which the ACA believes its members could effectively spend; bandwidth consumption-based billing, a technique of concern to some policymakers but favored by network operators; and new ethics laws that potentially level the playing field in favor of independent operators.

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The FCC adopted a NPRM seeking comment on how to maximize efficient use of the 500MHz of mid-band spectrum available in the 12.2-12.7GHz band. The hope of the proceeding is to further a conversation as to

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