The Federal Communications Commission has moved forward on a plan to help break up the Big Cable chokehold on the cable and broadband video marketplace. It has proposed allowing consumers to access the programming they pay for on the device or app of their choice.
This could save consumers billions in rental fees. It would mean that device manufacturers and developers would not need to ask cable companies for permission before they can reach consumers. It would also make it easier for programmers and content creators to reach viewers without going through the cable gatekeeper.
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Dear Chairman Wheeler,
Cable subscribers pay an estimated $231 per year renting clunky, often outdated set-top boxes from cable companies. That’s a whopping $20 billion a year Big Cable companies collect from their customers on devices alone.
Meanwhile, Big Cable’s chokehold on the set-top box market prevents competitors from selling devices with the features users want, such as combining cable and online content in one seamless interface. Millions of viewers access video primarily through their cable boxes, meaning that thousands of creators are unable to reach them.
Big Cable has too much control over the TV experience. Your proposal would significantly reduce consumer fees and would remove substantial barriers for creators and innovators. The Commission should move quickly to adopt an order that gives viewers the ability to use the devices and apps of their choice to watch TV.