Foe Of Wheeler’s STB Plan To Address ACA


In May 2016, Oregon Democrat Rep. Kurt Schrader led dozens of House members in signing a bipartisan letter in opposition to outgoing FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler‘s now-failed plan to update cable TV set-top boxes.

Now, he’s been invited to speak at the American Cable Association‘s 24th annual policy gathering — The ACA Summit — set for March 28-30, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

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Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.)

Schrader has been vocal in the fight against what he perceives to be excessive government regulation. In his opposition of the set-top box plan, his letter focused on “the crippling costs the mandates would impose on smaller communities and their access to quality television, and the threat to innovation in a market that was already thriving with extensive innovation and choice.”

Speaking of Schrader, ACA President/CEO Matthew Polka said the Congressman “has a solid understanding of the issues that ACA members care about the most.”

He added that ACA members “can thank him personally for helping fight unfair set-top box regulations brewing last year at the Commission.”

Rep. Schrader represents all of Marion, Polk, Lincoln and Tillamook Counties as well as the bulk of Clackamas and small portions of Multnomah and Benton Counties in Oregon.

The ACA Summit is sees small and mid-sized cable operators connect with the leading lawmakers and regulators, as well as media representatives on the communications policy beat, in the Nation’s Capital. The event was created some 25 years ago.