CAGW Reacts to FCC Decision to Delay a Vote on Set-Top Box Rules

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
September 29, 2016  

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) responded to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) decision to delay a vote on its set-top box rules.

The original proposed rule set the stage for government mandates on technology, and would force multi-channel video distribution providers (MVPDs), or cable television providers to turn over proprietary information to third-party set-top box manufacturers.  In addition, the proposed rule would have opened the door to increased video piracy.  After many voices raised concerns over the proposal, it appears that Chairman Tom Wheeler has taken note, and gone back to the drawing board to develop a new proposal for set-top boxes.  While snippets of the new proposed rules have been bandied about, much about this proposal is unknown.  

 CAGW President Tom Schatz stated:  “It is refreshing to see the FCC slow down the regulatory process to consider alternatives to these new proposed rules.  The proposal before the commission had changed so dramatically from the initial set-top box proposal that it is well worth putting on the brakes and allowing further deliberation and public scrutiny on the proposal.

“CAGW will be reviewing the new rules closely, watching for any sign of potential copyright infringements, technological mandates that will restrict innovation, and wasteful or duplicative spending.”

Citizens Against Government Waste is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, mismanagement and abuse in government.

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