Annoyed and dismayed, CEA’s president, Gary Shapiro, lashed out at the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA), after the group submitted a request for waiver to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that would delay the its members’ participation in the integration ban that is to go into effect on July 1, 2007. This ban will not allow cable companies to ship set-top-boxes with embedded security.
The NCTA believes that the rule that will require cable operators to deploy more costly set-top boxes to consumers and claimed, in a statement, that the waiver should stay in effect “until the time when cable operators deploy the less expensive, more efficient downloadable security solution which can work in both cable set-top boxes and ‘cable ready’ devices sold at retail, or until the end of 2009, whichever is earlier.”
Shapiro called the move a typical delaying tactic. “This request is in line with previous actions of the cable industry including a lawsuit challenging the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) authority, multiple waiver requests and misrepresentation to consumers of CableCARD availability,” he said.