FCC OKs Waivers For Huawei, Evolution DTAs [Multichannel News]
Good news for cable customers looking for more HD channels and faster broadband from their cable provider. The FCC has given the green light to five additional digital transport adapters (DTAs) for cable companies that are upgrading customers to digital cable. Because digital cable channels require less bandwidth on a cable system, bandwidth that is reclaimed during a digital conversion can be used to increase the number of HD channels or improve broadband speeds using the DOCSIS 3.0 specification. DTAs provide a low cost option to connect a television to digital cable short of a full featured digital set-top.
Many cable providers, including Insight, are in the process moving to an expanded digital delivery system. Part of that process will include providing DTAs to customers to enable them to connect their older televisions with analog tuners to the new digital network. The digital set-top waivers provided for these five DTA models by the FCC as well the other models the Commission has already approved will allow cable providers to complete digital conversions to free up bandwidth for more advanced services.