Giving OVDs separate regulatory status consistent with FCC’s MVPD definition

May 15, 2012

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PITTSBURGH -- The American Cable Association told the Federal Communications Commission’s Media Bureau that continuing to refrain from classifying pure-play online video distributors (OVDs) as Multichannel Video Programming Distributors (MVPDs) is in accord with the intent, language and structure of the law and with longstanding Congressional and agency precedent that carefully separated the burgeoning online world from traditional forms of media regulation applied to facilities-based operators.

“Giving OVDs the same regulatory status as cable operators under the law would be an unreasonable interpretation of the law,” ACA President and CEO Matthew M. Polka said. “Far reaching and disruptive consequences would result from imposing MVPD status on OVDs, because regulatory requirements crafted with wholly different business models and network configurations would apply by their terms to OVDs.”

American Cable Association (ACA)

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