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MEDIA BUREAU ANNOUNCES EFFECTIVE DATES OF CABLECARD RULES
CS Docket No. 97-80; PP Docket No. 00-67
The Commission released a Third Report and Order and Order on Reconsideration (“Order”) in this
docket in which the Commission adopted several rules to reform the CableCARD regime.1
In the Order,
the Commission stated that the rules would become effective 30 days after publication in the Federal
Register, except for rule sections that contain information collection requirements subject to the
Paperwork Reduction Act, which would become effective immediately upon announcement in the
Federal Register of approval from the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”).2

The Federal Register published the Order on July 8, 20113
and the notice of OMB’s approval of the
information collections on July 25, 2011.4 The rules adopted in the Order are effective on August 8,

1
See Implementation of Section 304 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996: Commercial Availability of
Navigation Devices; Compatibility Between Cable Systems and Consumer Electronics Equipment; Oceanic Time
Warner Cable, A subsidiary of Time Warner Cable, Inc.; Oceanic Time Warner Cable, a division of Time Warner
Cable, Inc. Oceanic Kauai Cable System; Oceanic Time Warner Cable, a division of Time Warner Cable, Inc.
Oceanic Oahu Central Cable System; Cox Communications, Inc. Fairfax County, Virginia Cable System; Cable
One, Inc.’s Request for Waiver of Section 76.1204(a)(1) of the Commission’s Rules, 25 FCC Rcd 14657 (2010).
The rules that will become effective on August 8, 2011 reflect modifications that the Commission adopted in a
subsequent Order on Reconsideration and Erratum. Implementation of Section 304 of the Telecommunications Act
of 1996: Commercial Availability of Navigation Devices; Compatibility Between Cable Systems and Consumer
Electronics Equipment; Evolution Broadband, LLC’s Request for Waiver of Section 76.1204(a)(1) of the
Commission’s Rules, 26 FCC Rcd 791 (2011); Implementation of Section 304 of the Telecommunications Act of
1996: Commercial Availability of Navigation Devices; Compatibility Between Cable Systems and Consumer
Electronics Equipment; Oceanic Time Warner Cable, A subsidiary of Time Warner Cable, Inc.; Oceanic Time
Warner Cable, a division of Time Warner Cable, Inc. Oceanic Kauai Cable System; Oceanic Time Warner Cable,
a division of Time Warner Cable, Inc. Oceanic Oahu Central Cable System; Cox Communications, Inc. Fairfax
County, Virginia Cable System; Cable One, Inc.’s Request for Waiver of Section 76.1204(a)(1) of the
Commission’s Rules, Erratum, DA 11-1117 (rel. June 28, 2011).

2 Order, 25 FCC Rcd at 14690, ¶ 78.
3
76 FR 40263 (July 8, 2011).
4
76 FR 44279 (July 25, 2011). Rather than being effective immediately upon publication of OMB approval in
the Federal Register, those rules will have the same effective date as the other rules adopted in the Order: August
8, 2011.
2
2011, with two exceptions. First, Section 76.640(b)(4)(iii), which requires cable operators to include a
home networking output on high-definition set-top boxes (except for unidirectional, non-recording settop boxes), has an effective date of December 1, 2012. Second, and only with respect to operators that
did not previously offer self install for leased boxes or cable modems and needed time to establish the
necessary customer support infrastructure, Section 76.1205(b)(1)’s requirement that cable operators
provide the means to allow subscribers to self-install CableCARDs becomes effective on November 1,
2011.

For more information contact Brendan Murray, Media Bureau, Policy Division, at (202) 418-1573. Press
inquiries should be directed to Janice Wise, (202) 418-8165. TTY: (202) 418-7172 or (888) 835-5322.
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