CableCARD Rules Now Effective


The Enforcement Bureau recently released an advisory emphasizing the need for cable operators to comply with the navigation device rules now in effect. The Bureau cautioned that it would closely monitor cable operators’ compliance with the rules. The following summarizes the requirements of the newly effective rules:

- CableCARD capabilities – Cable operators must accurately explain the ability of retail CableCARD-compatible devices to tune switched digital channels.

- Package Price Reduction – For those subscribers who use retail devices, cable operators must deduct the rental cost of a set-top box from any programming packages that include a set-top box rental fee.

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