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Ex-Lawmaker Slams FCC Proposal To Unlock The Set-Top Box

  • The Hill, Monday, March 21, 2016 3:04 PM

Former lawmaker Henry Waxman, who represented California in Congress for four decades, writes that he's "mystified" by an FCC proposal to unlock set-top boxes.

"Many viewers are cutting the cable cord. Ample content is available through apps on their smart phones and tablets, as well through alternative devices such as Rokus and smart TVs," he writes. "That is why I am mystified by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s decision to move forward with a plan to adopt a federal mandate for cable set-top boxes."

He adds that the FCC should recognize changes under way in the market, instead of moving forward with new rules. "If the FCC persists, it should train its focus on ensuring there is a level playing field when it comes to consumer protection between traditional video providers and emerging over-the-top outlets."

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