FCC Delays STB Vote

The US FCC has delayed the big vote that it was planning on the 29th September on what to do about set top boxes. The FCC has wanted to “open up” the US cable industry, basically by allowing apps or third parties to sell boxes for content, rather than allowing network operators to force consumers to use the boxes that are rented by the cable companies. The cable companies object to this on the grounds that control of content in line with agreements of the cable and content companies would not be understood, among other factors.

The proposal has been very controversial.

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For more background, see Aldo’s recent Display Daily (FCC Proposing Radical Changes to Set-top Box Rules)