Items tagged "Set-Top Box"

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Public Knowledge Urges FCC Chairman Pai to End Cable Box Ripoff

January 25, 2017 FCC , Set-Top Box , Video Competition , Video Marketplace

Today, Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR), Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and Energy and Commerce Committee Vice Chairman Joe Barton (R-TX) sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai requesting that he close the docket on the set-top box proceeding.

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Public Knowledge Urges President-elect Trump to End Cable Box Rip-off

November 16, 2016 FCC , Set-Top Box , Video Competition , Video Marketplace

Today, Public Knowledge sent a letter to President-elect Donald J. Trump encouraging him to end the cable box rip-off affecting millions of Americans — and costing consumers billions of dollars.

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PK Joins 75 Groups in FCC Letter to Protect the Internet, Online Privacy and Video Choice

October 17, 2016 Broadband , FCC , Privacy , Set-Top Box , Zero Rating

Today, Public Knowledge joins 75 public interest and civil rights groups in a letter urging the Federal Communications Commision to protect the internet and video marketplace by acting on three proceedings: the set-top box rulemaking, the broadband privacy rulemaking, and the zero-rating investigation.

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FCC Fines Comcast $2.3 Million in Largest Civil Penalty for Erroneous Charges

October 11, 2016 FCC , Set-Top Box , Video Marketplace

Today, the Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau ordered Comcast Corporation to pay $2.3 million to “resolve an investigation into whether the company wrongfully charged cable TV customers for [unauthorized] services and equipment.” The fine marks the largest civil penalty levied by the FCC against a cable provider. Reports of subscribers paying bills for services, set-top boxes, or DVRs that they did not ask for — and in some cases that they affirmatively said they did not want — should be unthinkable, yet continues to happen anyway.

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FCC Delays “Unlock the Box” Proposal Vote

September 29, 2016 FCC , Set-Top Box , Video Competition , Video Marketplace

Today, the Federal Communications Commission delayed its vote on the set-top box proposal.

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New VIDEO: Public Knowledge Calls on FCC to Help Consumers Unlock the Box and Save Money

September 21, 2016 FCC , Set-Top Box , Video , Video Competition , Video Marketplace

Today, Public Knowledge launches a new video indicating the Federal Communications Commission could help consumers save $231 a year and stop big cable from squeezing them out of $20 billion in set-top box profits annually. 84 percent of consumers say cable prices are too high, and the FCC’s #UnlockTheBox proposal offers them real relief.

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Public Knowledge Joins Public Interest Groups Urging House to Reject REVIEW Act

September 21, 2016 FCC , REVIEW Act , Set-Top Box , Video Marketplace

Today, Public Knowledge joins other public interest, labor and civil rights groups in a letter to members of the U.S. House of Representatives strongly opposing H.R. 3438, the Require Evaluation before Implementing Executive Wishlists Act (“REVIEW Act”). If enacted, the REVIEW Act would require federal agencies to postpone the effective date of new regulations, with a potential economic impact of $1 billion, until the completion of any judicial review.

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Public Knowledge Responds to Congressman Pallone’s Set-top Box Skepticism

September 12, 2016 FCC , Set-Top Box , Video Competition , Video Marketplace

Today, Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) issued a statement against the Federal Communications Commission’s set-top box proposal designed to open up the set-top box market for consumers.

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

September 8, 2016 FCC , Set-Top Box , Video Competition , Video Marketplace

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

August 3, 2016 Copyright Office , FCC , Set-Top Box , Video Competition , Video Marketplace

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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