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FCC Extends Cable’s Set-Top Security Deadline

Mar 18, 2005  •  Post A Comment

The Federal Communications Commission announced Thursday that it is giving cable TV operators another year — until July 2007 — to comply with agency regulations requiring them to switch to new digital set-top boxes that include a separate security module.

Security functions in the existing generation of boxes are integrated into the boxes themselves. The new boxes are supposed to use replaceable cards to provide security functions.

In a statement, Brian Dietz, a spokesman for the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, said the cable industry is pleased by the agency’s action. The Consumer Electronics Association expressed disappointment.

“The real victims of this decision are cable consumers, who will be unable to reap the benefits of a competitive market, including consumer choice, innovation and competitive pricing,” said Gary Shapiro, CEA president and CEO.