x
Cable/Video

The Waiver Wire

1:40 PM -- More video service providers are trying to get in while the gettin's good when it comes to applying for or gaining special set-top waivers from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) .

Interestingly enough, none of the most recent activity has to do with digital terminal adapters (DTAs), which are simple one-way digital-to-analog channel zappers that lately have been the object of many a waiver sought. (See DTA Waiver Mania, Cisco, Moto Go for DTA Waivers , and FCC Believes in Evolution-ary DTAs.)

The latest from the waiver wire:

  • Western Wisconsin Communications LLC is seeking a waiver, "on an expedited" basis, for two digital set-tops made by Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT): the DCT700 and the DCT2000. The DCT700 is an all-digital model; the DCT2000 is a hybrid analog/digital box.

    WWC wants the waiver so it can start an all-digital migration based on these low-cost boxes, which happen to use integrated security, a no-no under a ban that went into effect in July 2007. WWC, a cable co-op that serves 6,200 subs in 20 rural communities in the state, promised to complete the upgrade by June 2010 if the waiver is granted. (See Countdown to 'Seven-Oh-Seven'.)

  • RCN Corp. today scored a waiver extension that will allow the competitive cable overbuilder to continue using the Moto-made DCT700 until Dec. 31, 2009. RCN is also using the box for an all-digital effort it calls "Project Analog Crush." However, the FCC granted the waiver due to "financial hardships" faced by RCN, which is still racked with negative cash flow and a high debt load. (See RCN Posts Q1 and RCN Almost Done 'Crushing' Analog .)

  • The FCC also awarded WideOpenWest Holdings LLC (WOW) , another overbuilder, a waiver extension through the end of this year, citing the company's deteriorating financial condition. (See Weakened WOW Wants Another Waiver.)


— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News




Interested in learning more on this topic? Then come to Cable Next-Gen Video Strategies: Competing in the Three-Screen World, a one-day conference that will take a comprehensive look at the cable industry's attempts to generate revenues and fend off its rivals by deploying next-generation video technologies. To be staged in Atlanta, June 25, admission is free for attendees meeting our prequalification criteria. For more information, or to register, click here.


Be the first to post a comment regarding this story.
HOME
Sign In
SEARCH
CLOSE
MORE
CLOSE