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Fool Me Twice, Shame On Me. Fool Me Every Time — I’m the FCC!

July 12, 2017 FCC , Net Neutrality , Net Neutrality in 2017 , Set-Top Box , Unlock the Box

This blog post was originally published on Harold Feld’s personal blog, “Tales of the Sausage Factory,” on Wetmachine.com.

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The Cable and Hollywood Endgame to Kill Set-Top Box Competition

September 16, 2016 Copyright , FCC , Set-Top Box , Video Competition , Video Marketplace

You may be asking yourself how the Federal Communications Commission’s proposal to eliminate the outrageous cable set-top box monopoly ripping off millions of consumers could be stopped. You may even be asking yourself this as you review your latest burgeoning cable bill.

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How Chairman Wheeler’s Video-App Plan Promotes Competition and Protects Private Rights

September 15, 2016 FCC , Set-Top Box , Video Competition , Video Marketplace

This probably doesn’t come as a shock to you, but programmers, broadcasters, and big Hollywood studios can’t ask cable companies to break the law, and vice versa.

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Unlocking the Box Will Benefit Rural America

September 14, 2016 FCC , Set-Top Box , Video Competition , Video Marketplace

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

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

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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