In separate conference calls with news reporters today, the NCTA and the ACA said the FCC is stepping outside its jurisdiction in trying to rewrite rules governing the leasing of pay-TV set-tops.
The cable industry's top lobbying orgs sharply criticized a proposal announced by Verizon and INCOMPAS to regulate special access services.
Responding to an FCC inquiry to address a perceived lack of ethnic and racial diversity in pay-TV programming, the American Cable Network has urged the agency to examine the "forced bundling" practices of the large programming conglomerates.
The American Cable Association has asked the FCC to block, or impose strict conditions on Nexstar Broadcasting's proposed $4.6 billion merger with Media General.
Now playing from behind, American Cable Association (ACA) officials met with FCC officials last week in an attempt to walk back the agency's new set-top box regulation proposal.
Unhappy with what they see as an "obscure" proposal from FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler that sounds an awful lot like the "AllVid" scheme they've been stridently resisting for months, the pay-TV industry united Wednesday in a rhetorical show of strength.
Calling the carriage dispute between NCTC and AMC Networks a symptom of a "broken" video marketplace, the American Cable Association has collected 228 member signatures on a letter asking the FCC to intervene in the process.
CenturyLink said in a letter to the FCC that claims by the ACA and XO Communications-- that ILECs have an advantage over CLECs when it comes to deploying fiber in greenfield deployments-- is counterintuitive and that any advantage that ILECs had in the past has evaporated thanks to recent inroads by CLECs and cable companies.
After broadcasters and their representative groups were the first to react to the start of the FCC's review of rules governing retransmission licensing talks, the cable industry chimed in with an aggressive counterpoint. Specifically, the National Cable Telecommunications Association (NCTA) has asked the FCC to make new rules banning broadcasters from blocking access to online content during retrans-related blackouts.
The American Cable Association has applauded the FCC for adopting an order that brings parity to the amounts that telcos, wireless carriers and cable companies pay to attach equipment to uility poles.