In what's bound to start a wave of "me too" from the industry as a whole, Charter Communications has obtained a waiver from the FCC to get an extra year to comply with open access rules for set-top boxes. The rules require cable providers to comply with the CableCARD standard so you can buy your own cable box or DVR and use it with any cable provider. While the rule is set to go into effect on July 1 of this year, the waiver gives Charter an extra year to work with. Any bets that other providers like Comcast, Cox and Time Warner aren't going to ask for a similar waiver?
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