Captain Planet would be proud. 15 MVPDs across cable, satellite and telco TV have agreed to the voluntary 5-year Set-Top Box Energy Conservation Agreement, which goes into effect Jan 1. NCTA and CEA announced the news Thurs, saying the pact will result in annual residential electricity savings of $1.5bln or more as the commitment is fully realized. The agreement is the outcome of discussions spurred by a Dept of Energy proceeding proposing govt regulation to make cable’s boxes more energy efficient (Cfax, 8/30). More about the agreement and its participants here.

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Analysts thought Cablevision might delay a rate increase in ’13 because of the impact of Hurricane Sandy, but the MSO is pulling the trigger on a $5/month HSD increase that will take effect early next year. Cablevision makes its case for the increase.
 
The most important action on broadband might take place a mile down the road on Constitution Ave, FCC commish Ajit Pai said at a Phoenix Center conference Thurs, referring to the net neutrality case pending at the DC Circuit. He also issued a warning of possible regulation to come.
 
Sen Commerce member Jim DeMint’s (R-SC) announcement that he’ll leave the Senate at the beginning of Jan to run conservative national think tank The Heritage Foundation will likely have an impact on retrans reform.
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