ACA Praises End to Digital Basic Encryption Ban
Calls it win-win in cost-savings, especially for rural members
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 10/15/2012 1:26:43 PM
"The FCC's decision is a true win-win for consumers and cable operators," he said, "especially providers of cable service in high-cost rural areas."
Operators don't have to encrypt, but they are not able to, and Polka says he expects "some" members will soon be taking advantage of the opportunity soon.
"The ability to service consumers remotely will benefit cable operators serving rural areas -- many of whom are ACA members -- where costs to send employees on service calls are higher than for operators in urban areas because of the greater geographic distance between consumer locations," said Polka. "Equally important is that the FCC ruling will mean that cable operators can expect to see a reduction in theft of service, which should benefit paying consumers who are effectively shouldering the costs imposed by signal thieves."
The FCC voted unanimously last week to remove the ban, subject to some conditions.
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