CableCard not a panacea for customers, cable companies

The July 1 deadline for CableCard-enabled set-top boxes is just around the corner, and some consumers and cable companies are still questioning the need for the card-size devices. The CableCard's roots trace back to the Telecommunications Act of 1996, but whether the FCC's mandate will lead to lower-cost, consumer-owned set-top boxes seems to be a matter of debate.

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