“Today’s FCC action deferring the ban on operator-supplied integrated set-top boxes is good news for cable customers because the requirement to separate security in operator-supplied leased boxes would have imposed unnecessary costs on cable customers with no benefit to them. Since customers return leased boxes when they move, these boxes do not need to be portable, which was the primary reason for separating security from non-security functions in such devices.

We are particularly pleased that that FCC has established a timetable to consider elimination of the rule in its entirety as it examines the development of the market for retail devices with separate security and operator support for such equipment. Cable operators are committed to ensuring that those retail devices work on their systems, and, with the extra time to demonstrate this, we are confident that Commission will reach that conclusion at the end of its proposed proceeding.”

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