"Today’s action is good for consumers, because it will hasten the day when “digital cable ready” television sets will reach the market, making it easier for cable customers to access digital television services such as high-definition television programming without the need for set-top boxes. It also validates the affirmative response of the cable and consumer electronics industries to the encouragement they received from FCC and Congressional leaders who urged the two industries to reach voluntary agreements to resolve DTV transition issues. The FCC’s endorsement of these agreements sends a positive signal to all involved in the DTV transition to work together to voluntarily resolve outstanding issues."

NCTA is the principal trade association of the cable television industry in the United States. NCTA represents cable operators serving more than 90 percent of the nation’s cable television households and more than 200 cable program networks, as well as equipment suppliers and providers of other services to the cable industry.