“Introducing competition could also help lower people’s cable bills. The Federal Communications Commission says that 99 percent of cable and satellite TV customers rent boxes from their cable providers, and that the price of cable boxes has nearly tripled since 1994,” Arbel reports. “The FCC says the average U.S. household pays $231 a year to rent a cable box.”“FCC commissioners will vote on the proposal on Feb. 18. That would kick off a process of writing new rules, which will likely take several months,” Arbel reports. “The rules would be meant as a successor to CableCard, which lets consumers get a card from their cable companies and stick it into another box like a TiVo. CableCards were supposed to free consumers from cable boxes, but it wasn’t very popular.”
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