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SDV Fines Dropped?

10:45 AM -- Cable continues to bask in the glow of a kinder, gentler Federal Communications Commission (FCC) now that former Chairman Kevin Martin, and the dark times he brought to the industry during his reign, have left the building. (See Kevin Martin's Greatest Hits .)

Following a string of cable-positive rulings centered on the set-top integrated security ban, we're now hearing that the FCC has dropped some switched digital video (SDV)-related fines directed at Cox Communications Inc. and Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC). (See FCC Believes in Evolution-ary DTAs and Cable ONE Snares HD Set-Top Waiver .)

The FCC has already deferred the effective date of refunds due to customers as the Commission considers the merits of the "Petitions for Reconsideration" submitted by Cox and TWC. (See FCC Levies More SDV-Related Fines , FCC Dings TWC Over SDV , and Cox, TWC SDV Refunds Deferred.)

We've asked the MSOs to weigh in on that rumor but haven't heard anything back yet. The FCC has yet to release any updated orders on the matter, so we'll keep our ear to the ground.

But the rumor, if it pans out, could remove a regulatory dark cloud that's been hovering over SDV and perhaps give MSOs that have been considering it some additional courage to push their trial and deployment plans forward.

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News

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