You presume several times, all wrong. You can't do this in a few seconds; you need to read the holdings in the FCC rulings that implemented rule changes. It's the "regulatory record" and helps explain any ambiguities. You can't use letters from petitioners to support positions. You can use their perceived need (or desire) to see what the underlying rules are. And, while you may have said several times that the FCC gives cable systems the option of how to implement channels, you were wrong each time. Some of these regulations only were written a few months ago (and the clarifications), so they haven't made their way into the Code of Federal Regulations. You need to refer to the FCC Record for parts, but all regulatory changes need to be published in the Federal Register for at least 60 days before they can be incorporated into the Code of Federal Regulations, which generally is only updated as of October 1, each year. I've actually read the rule changes -- and the FCC proceedings -- which I allude to in this matter. It's so tiresome dealing with you, that I won't even point you in the right direction by giving you a document citation. Heck you even get those wrong, by citing the FCC number, and not the DA number (Delegation of Authority.) I don't need to search the FCC web site for them; I grabbed them when they were released, because I knew the significance when they were issued. And, I never read Commissioner statements or news releases; only the texts. The former are almost exclusively blather (your type of thing) and the latter have no procedural value (it's been plainly stated on the news releases of Commission decisions for more than 2 decades.) Congress can't tell an independent regulatory agency to reword something; it's out of their jurisdiction. They can decide to not fund an agency, or a part of an agency, until rules are written to their satisfaction. And, they can change the IRA (independent regulatory agency) jurisdiction, or even change the underlying code. I can run rings around you with 3/4 of my brain tied around my back. John Willkie -----Mensaje original----- De: opendtv-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:opendtv-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] En nombre de Albert Manfredi Enviado el: Sunday, December 28, 2008 4:06 PM Para: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Asunto: [opendtv] Re: Comcast sued for not selling set-top boxes, CableCARDs Cliff Benham wrote: > In reality, just like the cable and satellite companies > today, all [the bell companies] wanted was to keep those > equipment rental fees coming in every month. Congress giveth, and Congress could take away. It looks like Congress gave the FCC the authority to make th rules for consumer device compatibility with cable systems, in 1992, which the FCC did in 47 CFR 76.630. So this applied to analog basic tier channels, and they had to be unscrambled. When digital cable appeared on the scene, the FCC wrote 47 CFR 76.640, which does not specifically discuss a "digital basic tier," and instead it does discuss this POD device requirement for DTV sets, to unscramble the digital tier signals. Presumably, at the time, the "basic tier" was assumed to be analog. At the same time, the broadcast flag issue was still alive, so the NCTA petitioned the FCC to allow the scrambling of the digital tier to be used as a de facto implementation of a broadcast flag compliant technology (MB Docket 02-230). In this letter, the NCTA petitions the FCC to adjust the old rules of 76.630 (which were written for analog and no issue with broadcast flag) for a digital basic tier ruling which would not read like 76.630. Since then, as I showed previously, the FCC gives cable systems the option of several ways to transmit their basic tier (OTA channels), in analog or in digital. And never in any of this does the FCC mandate use of clearQAM, that I have found. Even though in principle, now that the broadcast flag was determined to be beyond the FCC's charter, the FCC could mandate something along those lines. Enfin bref, while it is easily shown that FOTA stations cannot copy protect or scramble content that they transmit free (over the air), in the wording of 17 USC 1201 and the wording of the Betamax decision, I don't see anywhere that such provisions apply to anything transmitted over digital cable. And it's not a leap to include DBS in this too. And then of course, cable companies are allowed to decide when to dismantle their analog tier. Still, Congress could decide to change all of this. Possibly, a Democrat-controlled Congress could tell the FCC to reword 76.630, I would think, to explicitly mention clearQAM for a digital basic tier. Bert _________________________________________________________________ It's the same HotmailR. 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