Consumer activist groups and fans of the FCC's ban on integrated set-tops have gotten behind a proposed amendment to the STAVRA satellite bill that would require the FCC to set a standard for a new competitive set-top standard before eliminating the ban.
Public Knowledge, Consumers Union and Free Press cited an amendment proposed by Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) for the STAVRA markup Sept. 17 that would require the FCC to implement a "platform-neutral" system of insuring the competitive availability of competitive navigation devices before the ban on integrated set-tops can be eliminated. (The current bill has no such built-in delay in eliminating the ban.)
Cable operators strongly support scrapping the ban.