“In a three-to-two vote, the FCC has decided to move ahead with a proposal that could drastically change the cable set-top box industry,” Colin Lecher reports for The Verge. “The decision may have far-reaching consequences for how cable customers watch TV — ultimately allowing them to go through third parties for their set-top systems, rather than being tied to the same company they use for cable service.”
“The proposed rule changes will now move into a comment period — where businesses and customers will be able to weigh in — ahead of revisions and a final vote, still some months away,” Lecher reports. “FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler first announced the proposed rule changes last month.”
“Wheeler argues that if any company can build a box that can communicate with any TV service, those companies will be able to get started building cable boxes rather than having to work out other deals first,” Lecher reports. “The competition, the Chairman argues, will drive down costs and improve device options for consumers.”
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