COMMENTS OF BRIAN DIETZ, NCTA SR DIRECTOR, COMMUNICATIONS, ON THE FILING FROM THE CONSUMER ELECTRONICS RETAILERS COALITION REGARDING THE COMPETITIVE STATUS OF CABLE MODEMS


"The development of uniform modem specifications by CableLabs has created a vibrant marketplace for broadband access devices and contributed substantially to the rapid deployment of cable modem service. More than 350 cable high-speed Internet access devices from 69 manufacturers have received certification or qualification status from CableLabs since 1999. The cable industry has and will continue to support a competitive market for broadband modem devices. CERC’s claims to the contrary simply are not borne out by the facts.”

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