Comcast rebuffed again on set-top box waiver


The full FCC has backed up the Media Bureau in denying Comcast a waiver of the rule requiring cable companies to incorporate CableCARD functionality, separating channel surfing and security features, so that consumers will have the option to buy their own low-cost boxes for accessing digital programming. While some small operators have been granted waivers, the FCC has stood firm on making the big MSOs comply. The new rule went into effect last month, after the Commission refused to grant a blanket waiver to the MSOs (7/2/07 TVBR #128).