ACA: Higher Pole Rates Is One Potential Title II Hit

The American Cable Association has another reason not to like Title II: the price of the poles.

In a letter to the FCC this week, ACA president Matt Polka said that if the FCC does reclassify broadband access under Title II regulations, which ACA opposes, that should not translate into higher pole-attachment rates, especially for the smaller and medium-sized operators that ACA represents.

If not, ISPs will start having to pay the higher telecom rate, which Polka points out would raise the cost of broadband to consumers and discourage investment, two things the FCC does not want to do as it promotes universal adoption of broadband.

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John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.