House Republicans Urge Set-Top Box Proceedings to End

January 25, 2017

Today, Republican members of the House Energy & Commerce Committee wrote a letter to newly appointed Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai urging him to close the docket on the Commission’s set-top box proceedings. The letter cited to specific harms to advertising. These proceedings, which were initiated by former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, stalled last year when a majority of the Commissioners failed to support a vote. The FCC’s proposal would require consumer electronics manufacturers and other developers to make available free apps to allow consumers to access their pay-TV content on a variety of devices.

While ANA in its filings in this proceeding made clear that it was agnostic about technological approaches to program delivery, ANA strongly supports not moving forward with the current set-top box proposal. ANA believes that the pending set-top box proposal would severely undermine the copyright protections and the First Amendment rights of advertisers, content owners, and program distributors. We have been vocally opposed to these proceedings, filing both initial and reply comments and actively advocating for the FCC to protect the rights of advertisers and their content. We look forward to working with Congress and the FCC to halt this proposal from advancing any further.

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