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Basic Service Tier Encryption Rules Effective December 10

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Released: November 15, 2012


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News Media Information 202 / 418-0500


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Washington, D.C. 20554

DA 12-1850
Released: November 15, 2012



MB Docket No. 11-169; PP Docket No. 00-67

On October 10, 2012, the Commission adopted a Report and Order in Basic Service Tier
Encryption; Compatibility Between Cable Systems and Consumer Electronics Equipment (the
Encryption Order”), which amended the Commission’s rules to allow cable operators to encrypt the
basic service tier in all-digital cable systems if they comply with certain consumer-protection measures.1
Those rules become effective 30 days after publication of the order in the Federal Register, which took
place on November 9, 2012.2 Accordingly, the rules adopted in the Encryption Order will take effect on
December 10, 2012.3
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(Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), send an e-mail to or call the
Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (tty).
For further information regarding this proceeding, contact Brendan Murray, Policy Division,
Media Bureau, 202-418-2120. Press inquiries should be directed to Janice Wise, (202) 418-8165. TTY:
(202) 418-7172 or (888) 835-5322.

1 Basic Service Tier Encryption; Compatibility Between Cable Systems and Consumer Electronics Equipment,
Report and Order, 27 FCC Rcd 12786 (2012).
2 Federal Communications Commission, 47 CFR Part 76, Basic Service Tier Encryption Compatibility Between
Cable Systems and Consumer Electronics Equipment, 77 FR 67290 (Nov. 9, 2012).
3 December 9, 2012 is a Sunday, and when an effective date falls on a weekend or holiday, the Federal Register uses
the next Federal business day as an effective date. 1 C.F.R. § 18.17(b).

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