The commission is considering requiring cable operators to provide on-air messages about the transition to digital. But the ACA said some smaller operators do not have ad-insertion equipment and, thus, are technologically incapable of doing so.
"Independent cable operators recognize their important role in helping to educate their community about the upcoming transition," ACA president Matthew Polka said in announcing the FCC request. "While many independent cable operators can use their systems to educate their subscribers through inserted advertisements, there are many smaller operators that simply do not have the equipment necessary to comply."
The ACA asked the FCC to take that into account and provide a "fair and reasonable exemption" from the requirement for those systems.