Former Senator Chris Dodd has been buttering the popcorn of movie theater owners since becoming Hollywood's chief lobbyist. So it's not surprising to see the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) and the MPAA commiserating together over what happened to SOPA. They're united in the delusion that the revolt of Internet users was started and orchestrated by Google--it's more comforting, no doubt, to paint a large corporation as the bad guy, instead of facing up to the reality of a populist revolt against your own greed and overreach.
While everyone is basking in the reasonableness of the FCC's plan to place broadband Internet access under Title II, the Media Bureau decided to sneak out a decision to prove that change doesn't spread everywhere at once. After two years of considering the issue, and thousands of comments from the public (the overwhelming majority of which urged the Bureau to reject the petition), the Bureau decided to grant the MPAA's request for Selectable Output Control (SOC).
Background: The Media Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today issued an order allowing movie studios and other content owners to close off the outputs of TV sets and set-top boxes of consumers through the use of “selectable output control.”
The following statement is attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge:
“We are disappointed that the Media Bureau has succumbed to the special-interest pleadings of the big media companies and ignored the thousands of letters from consumers. The order allowing the use of ‘selectable output control’ will allow the big firms for the first time to take control of a consumer’s TV set or set-top box, blocking viewing of a TV program or motion picture.