Policy Documents

The FCC's Continuing, Costly Video Navigation Device Regulation

Seth Cooper –
October 22, 2010

The Commission made a handful of changes to its rules for CableCARDs. Some of those rule changes were prompted by prior failed attempts by the FCC to artificially create or prop up certain segments of the set-top box market. Overall, however, the Commission preserved its basic regulatory restrictions on set-top box functionalities. In short, the report continues the Commission's unnecessary and costly plan for expanded technocratic control of the video navigation device market. On October 14, the FCC issued yet another report and order adopting yet another revised set of rules governing cable set-top boxes.

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