A Path Forward: Updated Set-Top Box Proposal

September 8th, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee, issued the following statement regarding FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s announcement today that the Commission will take up an updated set-top box proposal at their September Open Meeting.

“Twenty years ago Congress mandated that the FCC bring competition to the cable set-top box marketplace. Chairman Wheeler’s initial ‘unlock the box’ proposal would in no uncertain terms fulfill this mandate and it’s why I’ve been such a strong supporter of it.

“The updated proposal Chairman Wheeler announced today reflects significant and constructive input from key stakeholders. This is a path forward to advance competition and consumer choice as Congress intended.

“The bottom line is that consumers pay an average of $231 per year to rent their cable boxes, putting $20 billion annually in the pockets of cable companies. This effort is about freeing consumers from these fees and from being tethered to an antiquated black box. It’s critical that the FCC act without delay.”

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