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Media Bureau moves on waiver requests for integrated set-top box rules
7/5/2007

The FCC Media Bureau June 29 acted on several requests for waivers of commission rules on integrated set-top boxes for cable TV effectively implementing statutory requirements to promote a competitive market for the devices.

The moves effectively support the separation of the security functions of a set-top box from the device and transplant those functions to a CableCARD that can plug into a TV or set top box from various manufacturers, freeing consumers from the need to rent a specific box from their cable provider.

The Media Bureau’s actions included:

  • Granting an omnibus waiver of the integration ban for Multichannel Video Programming Distributors (MVPDs) currently all digital or going all digital by Feb. 17, 2009.
  • Deferring enforcement of the integration ban for Crosslake, MN, doing business as Crosslake Communications.
  • Denying the National Cable & Telecommunications Association’s request for a waiver of the integration ban for all cable operators.

For more information, visit: www.fcc.gov.

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