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PK Successfully Predicts the Future: FCC Evolution Waiver Destroys Competition

December 9, 2009 Competition , FCC , MVPD , Plug and Play , Set-Top Box

This summer, PK flagged a decision by the FCC that was a big step towards undermining any remaining competition in the cable set-top box world. In fact, it was such a big step in the wrong direction that we filed a petition asking the FCC to reconsider its decision.

There is great background for this “Evolution waiver” (named after the company that originally requested it – Evolution, Inc. – not because anything is evolving) here, so I won’t rehash all of the details.

The short version is that the FCC thought it needed to waive its existing rules designed to create competition in cable set-top boxes in order to make sure that low-cost set-top boxes were available.

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UGC is More Than Just Hamsters on a Piano

October 14, 2009 Broadband , Data Caps , FCC , MVPD , Network Neutrality

During the discussions that PK has been involved with around the National Broadband Plan, video has been a reoccurring theme. Everyone seems to agree that the next big thing to drive broadband (adoption, speeds, capacity, whatever) is the delivery of video over the internet. Someone will point to Netflix streaming, to Hulu, to Amazon, to Boxee, to YouTube, and say that they are merely the tip of the iceberg. Soon everyone will be sending and streaming video all over the internet, which is why we need more capacity.

In every one of these conversations, no matter what the context, there is always a point where people start to discuss what the video actually will be.

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