On April 21, 2010, the Federal Communications Commission issued a Fourth Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) proposing changes to the current CableCard system to make it more consumer-friendly while a new technology approach is being developed.
On April 21, 2010, the Federal Communications Commission released a Notice of Inquiry that seeks to better serve the goals of Congress in creating a competitive retail market for navigation devices for use with multichannel video programming distributors (MVPD).
On an expedited basis, the Federal Communications Commission should adopt rules for cable operators to fix certain CableCARD issues while development of the gateway device functionality progresses. Adoption of these rules should be completed in the fall of 2010.
The Federal Communications Commission should initiate a proceeding to ensure that all multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) install a gateway device or equivalent functionality in all new subscriber homes and in all homes requiring replacement set-top boxes, starting on or before Dec. 31, 2012.