In response to news that Congress plans to completely overhaul telecommunications laws, the American Cable Association, said: "ACA welcomes the Chairmen’s announcement to update the Communications Act of 1934, and looks forward to playing a constructive role as House and Senate committee leaders begin the process of inviting stakeholders to discuss various proposals in a manner that addresses the regulatory challenges of the broadband-driven economy in a bipartisan fashion.?

“Congressional action that would clarify the extent of the Federal Communications Commission’s authority to regulate cable broadband service holds the promise of providing greater certainty with fewer unintended consequences for operators and their customers.?

"Review of the Communications Act also provides Congress the opportunity to address other issues impacting small cable operators and their consumers in smaller markets and rural areas, such as outdated retransmission consent and broadcast carriage rules, and ineffective program access regulations.?

“Today’s announcement does not impact ACA’s existing commitment to work with FCC Chairman Genachowski and the other FCC Commissioners on these issues as well.”

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