NCTA Pushing to Keep Integrated Boxes


Cable's top lobbying group is pressing federal regulators to eliminate a rule that would ban the deployment of integrated set-tops after July 2006, citing cost concerns and a host of other factors.

The National Cable & Telecommunications Association wants the rule repealed, claiming that CableCard-enabled set-tops would impose large and unnecessary costs on consumers.

Federal Communications Commission sources have said that the agency is unlikely to take action on the matter in the near future.

NCTA officials discussed the integrated-box ban with FCC Tuesday. The trade group informed the FCC that talks on two-way plug-and-play digital-TV sets were progressing, but uncertainty over the fate of the July 2006 ban could impede further progress.