FCC Drops Plan For Alternative Cable Set-Top Boxes
Yahoo.com reports that the Federal Communications Commission has removed a proposal to allow third-party set top boxes and services for cable and pay TV providers from its agenda, according to Variety.
The proposal has been put on hold and will not be up for a vote, but an FCC representative told Variety it could come back in the future.
For the FCC, the initial version of the proposal focused on the proprietary set top boxes cable providers require users to rent with their service agreement. Typically, these boxes have an additional rental charge users have to pay in addition to their standard monthly cable rate.
While an early version of the proposal would have allowed third-party manufacturers to produce their own boxes that could access pay TV services, a later update only required pay TV services to have apps available on streaming devices like a Roku or Apple TV. However, policy disagreements and challenges delayed the proposal, which was a focus for former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.