ACA supports Cable One’s waiver request
The American Cable Association has thrown its support behind a recent request by Cable One to deploy integrated, HD-capable all-digital devices (ADDs) in its Dyersberg, Tenn., system.
Cable One, the nation’s ninth-largest cable operator, filed a waiver request with the Federal Communications Commission on Oct. 24. If granted, the waiver would allow subscribers to use low-cost integrated set-top boxes in order to provide HD programming.
"The fastest and cheapest way to provide consumers in small and rural markets with more HD programming choices and broadband speeds that approach 100 Mbps is for operators in these areas to go all-digital," said ACA President and CEO Matthew M. Polka. "Unfortunately, for many of ACA's members, the digital set-top boxes that are required under existing rules are just too expensive to deploy.
“The use of HD ADDs gives cable operators a cost-effective way to transition to an all-digital network. Cable One’s Dyersburg system faces this challenge, and we urge the Commission to grant the waiver it needs to best serve Cable One's customers."
If approved, the waiver would help Cable One complete the transition of its Dyersburg-area cable system to an all-digital platform within one year. One of the benefits of converting to an all-digital platform is more bandwidth, which can then be used to offer additional HD choices.
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