ACA: Let Cable Ops, CLECs Merge

The American Cable Association urged the FCC to eliminate regulatory impediments to cable operators and competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs) merging, arguing that such combinations would serve the public interest by fostering greater facilities-based comp...

The American Cable Association urged the FCC to eliminate regulatory impediments to cable operators and competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs) merging, arguing that such combinations would serve the public interest by fostering greater facilities-based competition with established incumbent phone companies long dominant in their regions.

"Mergers between cable companies and CLECs promote competition, putting downward pressure on rates, increasing the offering of innovative services, and enhancing service quality," said ACA President and CEO Matthew M. Polka in a statement. "As a result, the FCC should conclude that cable-CLEC combinations fall outside cross-ownership prohibitions found in Section 652 of federal communications law."
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