Entries Matching: Set-Top Box

Unlocking the Box Will Benefit Rural America

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The Federal Communications Commission’s proposal to unlock the box will benefit all pay-TV viewers, but particularly rural Americans, who often rely heavily on pay-TV subscriptions for information and entertainment. Where they live, broadband may be unavailable or slow, and over-the-air TV may be hard to tune in. Under the proposal that FCC Chairman Wheeler has circulated to the other four Commissioners, rural Americans will save money on device rental fees and benefit from an upgrade to their viewing experience.

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#UnlockTheBox: It’s Now Or Never

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Every time I tell people about the Federal Communications Commission’s #UnlockTheBox proceeding, the reaction is always the same: It’s a no-brainer. They burst into rants about how much they hate the boxes, that they hate paying so much, and that they can't understand why someone hasn't done something about this cable box rip-off that results in such a lackluster product and poor service. Even as they thank heaven, the FCC, and consumer advocates for their efforts to actually fix this, they ask why it hasn’t been done sooner. It’s getting ridiculous.

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Public Knowledge Responds to Chairman Wheeler’s Set-top Box Proposal

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Today, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced that he is circulating a set-top box proposal to the other four FCC commissioners detailing a plan that would require most pay-TV companies (cable and satellite companies, as well as telco providers like Verizon FiOS) to allow consumers to access their TV subscriptions on the device of their choice, without the need to use a rented set-top box. The approach would require pay-TV companies to make apps available to consumers on the devices that they use, and to ensure that the apps were competitive, open, and allow consumer devices to offer compelling features like universal search.

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Public Knowledge Responds to Copyright Office Attack on Set-top Box Competition

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Today, the United States Copyright Office sent a letter to Congress claiming that the Federal Communications Commission’s set-top box proposal “could interfere with copyright owners’ rights to license their works, and [could] restrict their ability to impose ... conditions on the use of those works.” Public Knowledge finds that the Copyright Office has relied on factual inaccuracies and a deeply flawed legal analysis to challenge the FCC’s efforts to protect consumers and competition in the set-top box market.

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