The FCC has yet to tip its hand, so let's just say, in Wargames terms, that the situation is still fixed at DefCon 3. But should the FCC turn both keys and launch a Title II, carrier-level missile (today the FCC's authority over the Internet is under a Title I, information service designation), it could usher in regulations tied to rates and other terms and conditions. It would likely take several years to resolve all the fallout of such a move.
"Here’s the bottom line, to talk about going to Title II is talking about doing something relatively epic, novel and unprecedented. It doesn’t mean they [the FCC] couldn’t do it, but I might challenge it," he said, adding latter: "I think we are better off asking Congress for guidance."
The House Communications Subcommittee is slated to conduct a hearing on the gateway matter this Thursday morning.
Well, Ceton Corp. has a much different tale to tell, giving an exemplary description of its dealings with, and support from, CableLabs, MSOs, and the CableCARDs themselves. Ceton, maker of a new CableCARD tuner for Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) Windows Media Center PCs, expressed its view in an FCC filing last week, holding that the Commission should reaffirm its support for the CableCARD system and think twice about abandoning it. (See Ceton Delays CableCARD PC-TV Tuner and Ceton Pitches Cable Set-Top Alternative .)
— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable