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said by telcodad:ACE's response to the CEA's objection to their waiver request: said by telcodad:
Well, it looks like the ability to actually purchase a cable box (albeit an old refurbished one) in the U.S. is becoming a bit more of a possibility:
ACE Plan Would Let MSOs Sell Old Set-Tops
Light Reading Cable - January 27, 2012
As expected, from this blog article by Jeff Baumgartner on the Light Reading Cable site, the CEA has filed their objection to ACE's waiver request:
A New Battle Brews About Old Set-Tops
By Jeff Baumgartner, Light Reading Cable - February 1, 2012
ACE: Selling Old Set-Tops Won't Derail Retail
Light Reading Cable - February 7, 2012
"Adams Cable Equipment Inc. defended its Federal Communications Commission (FCC) waiver request that aims to let MSOs sell refurbished set-tops with integrated security -- something that the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is trying to stop, claiming that such a waiver would hinder efforts to create a true retail market from forming. ACE argued in a reply to the CEA's objections (»fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs/document/···21858265) that the waiver would keep the spirit of the FCC's July 2007 mandate intact because it would give consumers a first-ever shot at buying low-cost cable set-tops via a retail channel. ACE also shot down a suggestion that the request would be limited to the 50,000 integrated security set-tops it currently has in inventory. While those boxes "would be sufficient to cover demand for some time, if ACE had the opportunity to acquire and sell more devices, that would represent a policy success for the Commission, not a threat or a failure," the company said."
An item in the cable news roundup article on the Light Reading Cable site today:
"TiVo: Just Say No to Old Set-Top Sales
TiVo Inc. has joined the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) in urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to deny a waiver request from Adams Cable Equipment Inc. that's looking to let MSOs sell refurbished cable boxes with integrated security directly to consumers. The request "should be denied or at least significantly narrowed," TiVo told the Commission (»fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs/document/···21858696). TiVo's chapped because the request to lift the ban on integrated security boxes, as written, would seem to let any cable operators sell all sorts of models, including high-end HD-DVRs. But TiVo is interested in knowing how many boxes Baja Broadband, a small MSO that sells some Motorola Mobility Inc. boxes in partnership with ACE, has been able to sell. ACE estimates that it has 50,000 boxes in inventory. TiVo argues that the effort "appears to be little more than a pretext for ACE to sell refurbished boxes.""