ACA To Represent Former BSPA Members

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The Broadband Service Providers Association is going away, with its members to be folded into the American Cable Association, which represents small and midsized cable and telecom companies.

That is according to an ex parte filing with Federal Communications Commission on the proposed Comcast/NBCU joint venture. As part of their disclosure about June 30 meetings with top FCC staffers, representatives of BSPA's four members, RCN, Knology, SureWest and Hiawatha Broadband, said they had decided to have ACA represent their interests instead, citing "marketplace changes and the congruence of policy interests between BSPs and mid-size and smaller independent providers of voice, video and broadband."

"ACA is pleased to welcome RCN and Knology into the independent operator family. These experienced companies are joining us at a critical stage in our ongoing effort to secure fair and non-discriminatory policy results for independent operators serving hometown America," said American Cable Association president Matt Polka.

Hiawatha and SureWest are already ACA members.

BSPA's membership ranks have been declining as SureWest and Knology acquired several former members and others were bought by companies not belonging to BSPA.