Comcast [CMCSA] yesterday launched DVR/HD throughout its metropolitan DC/VA footprint, marking its 1st rollout of the robust service. The MSO deployed Motorola’s [MOT] "DCT-6208" DVR/HD set-top, while tests of S-A’s [SFA] standard-def, Explorer 8000 are ongoing in areas of N VA. (Motorola said its dual-tuner model should be available in the 2nd half of this year.) Subs opting in to the service will be charged $9.95/month. Comcast plans to have DVR service available to 100% of its sub base by year-end.

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FCC Tees Up 5.9GHz Rules

Cable is celebrating the FCC ’s plans to vote at its November meeting on a proposal to open up the 5.9GHz band for unlicensed uses, like WiFi. FCC chmn Ajit Pai circulated new rules that would make the lower

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