(Background: At today’s FCC’s open commission meeting, the FCC Working Group on the Information Needs of Communities today released a report, titled “Information Needs of Communities: The Changing Media Landscape in a Broadband Age” which can be found at http://www.fcc.gov/info-needs-communities.)

The following is a statement from NCTA President & CEO Michael Powell:

“We look forward to reviewing the Report and exploring these important issues with the Commission and other interested stakeholders.  The cable industry has a long and proud history of providing the American people with a vast array of local, regional and national news and information – including the founding of C-SPAN.  Local cable news channels can be found in communities such as New England, New York, Florida, Ohio and cable provides support and distribution for channels that provide extensive coverage of state and local government affairs in Michigan, Pennsylvania, California and elsewhere.  Our industry’s leadership role in deploying high-speed broadband services and on-demand programming also reflect cable’s continuing commitment to expanding sources of news and information for consumers.”