FCC drops STB proposal from September meeting

Following mounting criticism from certain parties and support from others, the FCC has announced that its proposed Set-Top Box Order has been removed from the September 29 Open Meeting Agenda. The proposal will go on the Commission’s circulation list and remain under consideration by Commissioners.

In a Statement, Chairman Tom Wheeler, Commissioner Mignon Clyburn and Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, said: “It’s time for consumers to say goodbye to costly set-top boxes. It’s time for more ways to watch and more lower-cost options. That’s why we have been working to update our policies under Section 629 of the Communications Act in order to foster a competitive market for these devices. We have made tremendous progress – and we share the goal of creating a more innovative and inexpensive market for these consumer devices. We are still working to resolve the remaining technical and legal issues and we are committed to unlocking the set-top box for consumers across this country.”

The Agenda item said the Commission would “consider a Report and Order that modernizes the Commission’s rules to allow consumers to use a device of their choosing to access multichannel video programming instead of leasing devices from their cable or satellite providers.”

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