You realize what you are saying. Each cableco can build their own custom security access scheme so long as they make the scheme available to third parties. Cableco's hate third party devices as much as the phone company hated outfits like Carterphone. Why should they make it easy for third parties to compete with them? Refusal of the FCC to enforce standards furthers the ability of cablecos to thwart the proliferation of third party navigational devices to their networks, since each device must be adapted to every provider's network. Cable companies have used the security access provision as a 10 year barrier to entry to third party navigational devices. And the FCC has been complicit in the defiance of the will of congress expressed in the 1996 Telecom Act. Behold the wisdom and efficacy of deregulatory regulators in protecting consumer rights. It is a fiasco.