The FCC has granted Charter a two-year waiver of the Commission's ban on deployment of new cable set-top boxes (STBs) with integrated security, effective through April 18, 2015. Charter requested the waiver to have additional time to come into compliance with the integration ban and to work with manufacturers to develop a retail STB that will work on Charter systems.
The waiver requires that Charter:
1) File a sworn statement certifying that it is negotiating in good faith with a consumer electronics manufacturer to develop a retail STB and bring it to market.
2) Continue, indefinitely, to comply with the Commission's CableCARD rules and support deployed CableCARDs, as well as continue deploying new CableCARDs until a retail STB goes on sale.
3) File semiannual reports detailing its efforts to comply with the integration ban by April 2015, and for two additional years following.
4) Offer the technical specifications, software code, etc., necessary to develop compatible retail STBs to interested manufacturers on a royalty-free basis, and to co-operate with them in a timely manner.
5) In April 2015, submit a declaration certifying it is in compliance with the integration ban and the above conditions.
Additionally, Charter must eliminate all analog channels from all of its systems by January 2016; and by April 2015, make Internet service of 100Mbps or more available to 200,000 additional homes.http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-13-788A1.pdfEdited by blackcap93 - 4/19/13 at 3:29pm