BendBroadband is the latest cable op to ask for a waiver to the FCC’s set-top integration ban. It wants to keep putting into service low-cost, limited-function Motorola DCT-700 digital boxes after July 1, ’07. FCC rules require all boxes deployed after that date to have CableCARDs. In the 12 months since BendBroadband started leasing the DCT-700 for $1.95/month, it says digital penetration is up 33%. Comcast and Charter have requested similar waivers.

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RMCA Transforms into Media+Tech Collective

The Rocky Mountain Cable Association is tearing down all its boundaries. On the surface, it may look like its just-revealed rebrand to the Media+Tech Collective is the latest example of a group shedding cable

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