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Thursday February 18, 2016

FCC Approves Proposal To Boost TV Set-Top Box Competition

By a vote of 3 - 2, the Federal Communications Commission has approved moving ahead with a proposal to give consumers more choices in the set-top boxes required to watch cable TV.

The proposal has set off a frenzied lobbying battle pitting a tech industry eager to tap into the lucrative market against cable and TV companies, which could lose billions of dollars in rental fees for set-top boxes. Many of those industry providers spoke out against the measure after the vote Thursday. The commission has said opening the set-top box market to alternatives such as a smart TV or tablet would help lower prices for consumers, noting that set-top box rental fees have risen 185 percent since 1994.

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