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President Obama's Commitment to Education Through Broadband Mirrors Cable's

February 4, 2014

Today, the President announced major new commitments by a variety of companies to further the goals of ConnectED, the public/private partnership program dedicated to connecting 99 percent of schools to broadband or high-speed wireless networks within five years. Broadband has rapidly become not just a necessary ingredient, but an essential element for educating America’s students,…

Public Policy

The Internet Doesn't Need Phone-Era Rules

January 17, 2014

Originally published in USA Today, January 16th, 2014 & on LinkedIn Pulse, January 17th, 2014   by NCTA President and CEO Michael Powell   Americans deserve an open Internet: They had it before the D.C. Court decision, and they will continue to enjoy it now. The court’s decision held that the FCC plays an important…

Public Policy

Our Opinion on “The Opinion”

January 14, 2014

After much anticipation, the DC Court of Appeals finally issued its decision on Verizon’s appeal of the FCC’s 2010 Open Internet order (commonly called net neutrality). While it’s a fair assumption that we can expect a host of “sky is falling” pronouncements from predictable quarters, it’s worth taking a hard look and what the court…

Public Policy

Pai Calls Out the Cable Act as “Ringing Hollow to the Modern Ear”


November 15, 2013

Speaking on Thursday  to a Federalist Society audience, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai noted how dramatically the video marketplace has changed since the Cable Act of 1992. “It’s no surprise,” Pai said,  “when you look at some of the legislative history of the Cable Act, you see statements that ring hollow to the modern ear.” Pai’s…

Integration BanPublic Policy

The Integration Ban: A 90% Penalty


September 27, 2013

Yesterday, Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) and Congressman Gene Green (D-TX) introduced bipartisan legislation to remove the FCC’s integration ban, while maintaining the FCC’s ability to regulate set-top boxes in the future. This is an important piece of legislation for the future of in-home technology and we’ve written about it before on Cable Tech Talk. What…

Integration BanPublic Policy

What You Need to Know About the Integration Ban

September 26, 2013

Right now, inside your cable set-top box is a CableCARD – a device about the size of a credit card that is inserted into the box and decrypts the content delivered to your home so that you can receive the channels you subscribe to. But the set-top box itself was originally designed to perform this exact same function without using a separate piece of costly equipment….

Net NeutralityPublic Policy

What's at Stake When the Open Internet Goes on Trial?

September 9, 2013

Today, the federal appeals court in Washington, DC heard arguments in a closely watched case in which Verizon Communications is challenging the FCC’s 2010 Open Internet order.  We aren’t in the business of predicting the outcome of judicial hearings and don’t intend to start now.  But no matter how the case comes out, cable broadband…