The FCC has been pushing the Cable Industry to allow consumers to access "universal" devices to access cable and other services. The industry doesn't like this idea because it would remove a revenue stream from their operations and make it easier for customers to access other programming sources. Now a half year after the FCC made its initial proposals, the industry is responding with their own proposal.
The counter offer was presented this week at meetings with the FCC, with representatives from Comcast, AT&T/DirecTV, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), and more in attendance.
So what does the FCC Think of the Industries new plan? According to Politico...
— THE FCC DIDN’T HATE IT: The FCC and its supporters did not endorse the proposal. But they also expressed a willingness to hear more details — a noteworthy development in what’s become a bitter debate. The FCC said it “looks forward” to getting more specifics, while the Consumer Video Choice Coalition — which includes set-top box plan proponents Google and Public Knowledge — said the proposal “presents both some positive movement and some familiar limitations that could fall short of delivering an open, competitive marketplace.”
There does seem to be some partisanship involved int he debate between idnsutry and the FCC and Congress whose oversight and budgetary heft are clearly in play as funding for the FCC is uo for debate.
Congressional Democrats are throwing their weight behind a proposal by the Federal Communications Commission to bring competition to the cable set-top box market.
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