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Federal Communications Commission.


Final rule.


The Commission amends a set-top box rule to eliminate a requirement that multichannel video programming distributors rely on separated security in devices that they sell, lease, or otherwise provide to subscribers.


Effective April 15, 2016.

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Brendan Murray,, of the Media Bureau, Policy Division, (202) 418-1573.

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Section 106 of the STELA Reauthorization Act of 2014, Public Law 113-200, Section 106(a), 128 Stat. 2059, 2063-4 (2014), states that the “second sentence of section 76.1204(a)(1) of title 47, Code of Federal Regulations, terminates effective on” December 4, 2015. That second sentence is the portion of our rules that we commonly refer to as the “integration ban,” and it required cable operators to rely on identical security elements for leased devices and consumer-owned devices. Section 106 goes on to state that by June 1, 2016, “the Commission shall complete all actions necessary to remove the sentence” from our rules. With this Order, we remove that sentence from our rules.

This document does not contain information collection requirements subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13. In addition, therefore, it does not contain any information collection burden for small business concerns with fewer than 25 employees, pursuant to the Small Business Paperwork Relief Act of 2002, Public Law 107-198, see 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(4).

The Commission will send a copy of this Memorandum Opinion and Order to Congress and the Government Accountability Office pursuant to the Congressional Review Act, see 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).

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List of Subjects in 47 CFR Part 76

  • Administrative practice and procedure; Cable television; Equal employment opportunity; Political candidates; Reporting and recordkeeping requirements
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Federal Communications Commission.

Marlene H. Dortch,


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Final Rules

For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Federal Communications Commission amends 47 CFR part 76 as follows:

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1. The authority citation for part 76 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151, 152, 153, 154, 301, 302, 302a, 303, 303a, 307, 308, 309, 312, 315, 317, 325, 338, 339, 340, 341, 503, 521, 522, 531, 532, 534, 535, 536, 537, 543, 544, 544a, 545, 548, 549, 552, 554, 556, 558, 560, 561, 571, 572, 573.

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2. Revise § 76.1204 to read as follows:

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Availability of equipment performing conditional access or security functions.

(a)(1) A multichannel video programming distributor that utilizes Navigation Devices to perform conditional access functions shall make available equipment that incorporates only the conditional access functions of such devices.

(2) The foregoing requirement shall not apply to a multichannel video programming distributor that supports the active use by subscribers of Navigation Devices that:

(i) Operate throughout the continental United States, and

(ii) Are available from retail outlets and other vendors throughout the United States that are not affiliated with the owner or operator of the multichannel video programming system.

(b) Conditional access function equipment made available pursuant to paragraph (a)(1) of this section shall be designed to connect to and function with other Navigation Devices available through the use of a commonly used interface or an interface that conforms to appropriate technical standards promulgated by a national standards organization.Start Printed Page 13998

(c) No multichannel video programming distributor shall by contract, agreement, patent, intellectual property right or otherwise preclude the addition of features or functions to the equipment made available pursuant to this section that are not designed, intended or function to defeat the conditional access controls of such devices or to provide unauthorized access to service.

(d) Notwithstanding the foregoing, Navigation Devices need not be made available pursuant to this section where:

(1) It is not reasonably feasible to prevent such devices from being used for the unauthorized reception of service; or

(2) It is not reasonably feasible to separate conditional access from other functions without jeopardizing security.

(e) Paragraphs (a)(1), (b), and (c) of this section shall not apply to the provision of any Navigation Device that:

(1) Employs conditional access mechanisms only to access analog video programming;

(2) Is capable only of providing access to analog video programming offered over a multichannel video programming distribution system; and

(3) Does not provide access to any digital transmission of multichannel video programming or any other digital service through any receiving, decoding, conditional access, or other function, including any conversion of digital programming or service to an analog format.

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[FR Doc. 2016-05762 Filed 3-15-16; 8:45 am]