Wheeler Clarifies Set-Top Box Proposal

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Tom WheelerFCC Chairman Tom Wheeler clarified what he says are some misconceptions about his proposal to “unlock” set-top boxes.


Opposition to his proposal since it was announced Wednesday has been fierce from cable and some television programmers, we’ve reported. They say it will actually increase the costs for consumers and result in a second standard.

Wheeler said after the FCC meeting on Thursday he’s received letters from consumers who have thanked him for the proposal to lower their set-top box costs.

He said “nothing in the proposal changes the business practices for cable operators. It’s about whether set-top boxes should be closed or an open standard.”

Wheeler hops to place the proposal on the agenda for the Feb. 18 meeting.


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