NCTA — The Internet & Television Association

Statements of NCTA – The Internet and Television Association Regarding Actions at Today’s FCC Meeting

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Statements of NCTA – The Internet and Television Association Regarding Actions at Today’s FCC Meeting

On Leased Commercial Action:
“We applaud the Commission’s action recognizing that the constitutionality of the leased access regime is in substantial doubt in today's competitive marketplace and revising its rate formula to mitigate the burdens the regime imposes. The leased access regime is a relic of the past that continues to burden cable operators' speech based on a video marketplace that no longer exists. In today's world, commercial video providers have innumerable ways to reach consumers and consumers can access an incredible variety of programming on an ever-expanding number of platforms.” 

On Improving Broadband Data and Maps:
“We appreciate the Commission’s ongoing efforts to improve its broadband data collection requirements to more closely reflect areas able to be served by broadband providers. Specifically, the transition to a reporting mechanism based on polygon shapefiles, or electronic depictions of broadband providers’ service areas, will lead to more accurate maps of broadband availability throughout the country.”

On Call Blocking Rules:
“We support the Commission's order adopting a safe harbor for certain types of robocall blocking by voice service providers. The new safe harbor will facilitate the ability of cable operators to satisfy the demands of consumers to be protected from unlawful and unwanted robocalls.”

On Designating 988 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
“We applaud the Commission’s adoption of 988 as the three-digit number by which callers will be able to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.  Streamlining the method by which people in crisis can access the help line will help to save lives and provide people with suicide prevention and mental health counseling in a timely manner. We stand ready to work with the Commission, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and any other affected entities to implement the new 3-digit dialing code as quickly and seamlessly as possible.”