Just wanted to give an update on my situation in Seattle, WA: I ordered service over the phone on 1/8 to become active on 1/11. On 1/11, I went to the Comcast service center in Seattle to pick up a card. Finally got my number called, got to a rep, told her, she looked up my account, and told me something that every rep always tells me: "You don't need a card with Limited Basic!". Every time I have to tell them that yes, if I want to recieve the HD versions of the local channels, I need the card. This rep told me that she still wouldn't give me one. I told her that if she refused it would be a violation of the FCC rules. She gave a nervous laugh, which I'm not sure if it meant "Oh geeze I have to deal with a customer that thinks they know our policies better than I do" or "Oh crap this guy actually knows what the heck he's doing". Halfway through the laugh she slid off her stool and slipped in to the manager's office. She appeared a few minutes later with a card in hand and explained to me--as if she was doing me a tremendous favor--that her manager was going to go ahead and "let" her give me one "this time" and that there would be a $2.20 charge. I asked if that was one time or per month. She said it would be per month. I just shurgged it off and said that I'd call Billing and have them remove it because she certainly wasn't going to. She informed me that I could go ahead and call billing. I said "Oh yeah, I'll talk to them...or your manager." She ignored that last bit. On 1/11 I had my TiVo all set up with a borrowed TV but forgot my remote. I wasn't able to get the remote until 1/14, at which time I activated my internet and CableCard online. The CableCard portion was painless and fast. If there's anyone out there that has a Comcast-approved modem--active or not--I highly advise you visit activate.comcast.com (or .net?) instead of calling them up. Got my first bill in the mail today, 1/17. I see two charges--a prorated $2.20 monthly charge for a "Digital Converter" and a $5.00 generic charge for a "Digital Remote". The converter was added on the 11th and the remote the 9th. So I called up the Billing department, informing them that I was "being charged for a converter but I don't have one." The rep took a look at my bill, noticed that I had a CableCard and said that it's less than a cable box but still has a monthly charge. I reminded him that the first card is included in the outlet fee. He disagreed, and before I could argue further I got another call that I had to take. Called back and gave the same story to a different rep. He was initially unsure about why I needed the card, but after explaining it, he said that "normally" you get those on 5.1 and shouldn't need the card. I mentioned that the pricing booklet that I got in the mail says "CableCard (first card in device)" is $0.00, so he said he'd check on that charge and asked me to see if I could get channel 5.1. Unsurprising (to me), I can't. So apparently the "repair department" gave him the correct information and he found out that indeed there should be no charge. I asked about the "Digital Remote" charge, and after not seeing it initially, he checked another spot and wasn't sure exactly what that was for; perhaps I was being mailed a remote (note that this charge was added before I ever mentioned CC to any rep). While he was reversing that, the call dropped. Called back and found out that he had taken care of everything and that my bill dropped by $7. Moral of the story: Yes, you can get a CableCard with "Limited Cable" (AKA "Limited Basic") and no, you shouldn't be charged for it.