NCTA asks FCC for waiver on integration ban

August 21, 2006

The National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) has asked the FCC for a waiver of the “integration ban,” a regulation that would require cable operators to deploy more expensive set-top boxes to consumers beginning July 1, 2007.

The integration ban will require cable operators to provide consumers new set-top boxes without the security element embedded, as it is in current equipment, the NCTA said.

NCTA requested the waiver until cable operators deployed the less expensive, more efficient downloadable security solution, which could work in both cable set-top boxes and “cable ready” devices sold at retail, or until the end of 2009.

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