FCC Will Lift Basic Digital Encryption Ban Dec. 10
Move will cut truck rolls, help prevent theft of service
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 11/16/2012 11:54:00 AM
The commission's order lifting the basic tier encryption ban becomes effective 30 days after publication in the Federal Register, which was Nov. 9.
The commission voted 5-0 in October to allow cable operators to encrypt their digital basic tiers.
The commission adopted the rule prohibiting cable operators from scrambling digital basic tiers so that viewers with cable-ready sets would not have to buy or rent a set-top box. Now, because of the cost savings to cable operators, the reduction in pollution from fewer truck rolls, theft-of-service prevention, and the general lack of complaints in markets where the agency had granted waivers -- most prominently to Cablevision Systems in New York in 2010 -- the chairman signaled it was time to lift the ban and the other commissioners agreed.
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