Bob Latta (R-OH) and Republican FCC commish Ajit Pai penned a joint op-ed in the Washington Times last week reiterating their call for the end of the set-top integration ban. Cable certainly supports the efforts, having deployed more than 47mln CableCARD-enabled set-tops since the ban went into effect in July 2007. A House Commerce version of STELA would eliminate the ban, freeing operators to deploy devices without the CableCARDs. “By forcing cable companies to include CableCARD technology in their equipment, the FCC has increased consumers’ cable bills. Specifically, the integration ban adds about $56 to the cost of each set-top box, hiking the monthly rental fees charged to customers,” the lawmakers wrote, adding that CableCARDs also increased energy consumption by 500mln kilowatt hours per year.