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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Labor Voices Continue to Criticize FCC’s Set-Top Box Plan

Future of TV Coalition   •   Press Release   •   October 27, 2016

In letters filed this week with the FCC, the Directors Guild of America (DGA), the AFL-CIO, and its Department of Professional Employees (DPE) all highlighted ongoing concerns with the FCC’s set-top box proceeding, identifying both substantive problems with the rules and serious objections to the lack of transparency in the process...


Statement from the Future of TV Coalition: “Let the Sunshine In.”

Future of TV Coalition   •   Press Release   •   October 7, 2016

The Future of TV Coalition issued the following statement today, responding to an FCC Public Notice posted last evening that lifted “sunshine” prohibitions in the set-top box proceeding but failed to also publish the full details of the new proposal...


Future of TV Coalition Responds to FCC Delay on Set-Top Box Proposal Vote

Future of TV Coalition   •   Press Release   •   September 29, 2016

The Future of TV Coalition issued the following statement in response to the FCC's open hearing today...


This is Not the “Apps Approach” You’re Looking For

Future of TV Coalition   •   Press Release   •   September 15, 2016

Appearing today before the Senate Commerce Committee, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler attempted to defend his controversial “revised” set-top box proposal to clearly skeptical lawmakers. The proposed mandate has faced withering criticism from stakeholders and advocates across the spectrum; Sen. Claire McCaskill observed that she’s “never seen such a unanimous opposition from providers, programmers, and the creative community.”


JOINT ANNOUNCEMENT: Members of the Creative Community Reject the Revised FCC Set-top Box Proposal’s Creativity, Innovation, and Job Chilling Intrusion into the Creative Economy

   •   Joint Statement   •   September 14, 2016

A diverse group of creative industry companies, advocacy groups, labor unions, associations, and programmers that raised concerns in April and May about the Federal Communications Commission’s initial proposal to regulate the set-top box market, citing concerns about its potential harmful impact on copyright and content creators’ ability to be compensated for their work, released the following statement on the revised FCC proposal announced last week...


TV Providers and Independent Programmers Back “Ditch the Box” Proposal

Future of TV Coalition   •   June 17, 2016

In meetings this week at the FCC, representatives from pay-TV providers and independent, minority-owned TV networks discussed an alternate path forward in the debate over the FCC’s proposed set-top box mandate. The proposal calls for allowing pay-TV customers to “Ditch the Box” by requiring major TV providers to offer downloadable apps, built on an open technology standard, that would be widely compatible with a broad range of customer-owned devices – from smart TVs and game consoles to tablets, phones, and low-cost streaming video boxes.


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: National Urban League, Reps. Clarke & Green praise effort to require FCC to study impact of mandate

Future of TV Coalition   •   Press Release   •   June 9, 2016

Yesterday, National Urban League President Marc Morial sent a letter to leaders of the House Appropriations Committee praising language included in the FY 2017 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Bill that would require the FCC to complete a study on the impact its proposed set-top box mandate would have on minority programming...


Statement from the Future of TV Coalition

Future of TV Coalition   •   Press Release   •   June 9, 2016

In advance of a scheduled press conference to be held Thursday morning by supporters of the FCC’s proposed set-top box mandate, the Future of TV Coalition issued the following statement...


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Concern over FCC’s Set-Top Mandate Grows on Capitol Hill

Future of TV Coalition   •   Press Release   •   May 31, 2016

The FCC’s controversial set-top box mandate continues to attract criticism and tough questions from a growing, bipartisan chorus of lawmakers. Last week, a series of letters voicing specific concerns over the proposal’s impact on rural communities, cybersecurity, energy efficiency, copyright protections, and privacy were sent to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler – including letters from the leadership of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the House and Senate Homeland Security Committees...


Over 300,000 Americans File Against the FCC Set-Top Box Mandate

Future of TV Coalition   •   Press Release   •   May 24, 2016

(Washington, D.C.)   The Future of TV released the following statement on opposition to the FCC’s set top box mandate: “The more Americans learn about the FCC’s set-top box mandate, the less they like it.   “That’s the only message you can take from the flood of more than 300,000 individual comments and group petitions submitted […]


ICYMI: More questions from Capitol Hill re: the FCC’s set-top box mandate

Future of TV Coalition   •   Press Release   •   May 23, 2016

Bipartisan members of Congress continue to raise questions and concerns about the FCC’s proposed set-top box mandate. As the midnight deadline for the public comment period on the FCC’s proposal approaches, three new letters from Congressional leaders asking tough questions about the proposed mandate were sent today to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler...


Myths & Realities in the Set-Top Box Debate

Future of TV Coalition   •   Press Release   •   May 18, 2016

In response to a Dear Colleague letter circulated today to Members of Congress by U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and U.S. Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA) that repeated a number of misconceptions about the debate over the FCC’s set-top box proposal, the Future of TV issued the following statement along with a detailed Myths vs. Realities fact sheet to correct the record...


In Case You Missed It: 60 Members of Congress sign bipartisan letter opposing FCC mandate

Future of TV Coalition   •   Press Release   •   May 5, 2016

A bipartisan letter led by Reps. Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Kurt Schrader (D-OR), Bob Latta (R-OH), and Collin Peterson (D-MN) and signed by 60 Members of Congress was sent today to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler opposing the proposed FCC set-top box mandate...


Future Of TV Coalition Responds To Chairman Wheeler’s Remarks Earlier Today On Set-Top Boxes

Future of TV Coalition   •   Press Release   •   April 28, 2016

In a press conference following today’s FCC open meeting, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler suggested that Comcast’s recent announcement of its Xfinity TV Partner Program and partnerships with Roku and Samsung, which allow viewers to access their subscription TV service without any set-top box, was proof that his proposed set-top box mandate can be implemented without the many negative consequences critics have identified...


Wheeler vs. Wheeler on set top box alternatives

Future of TV Coalition   •   Press Release   •   April 28, 2016

One of the key issues in the debate over the FCC's proposed set top box mandate is whether consumers have real choice for video devices. On one side, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has been arguing that consumers have no choice and are "locked" to boxes from their pay TV provider. On the other side . . . FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler argues that consumers have never had so many great alternatives and choices. Watch the debate...


“This Is a Wake-Up Call to the FCC” – As Public Comment Period Closes, a Broad, Bipartisan Coalition Stands United Against Google-Backed Set-Top Mandate

Future of TV Coalition   •   Press Release   •   April 25, 2016

As the initial comment period on the FCC’s proposed set-top box mandate closed on Friday, opposition to the Google-led proposal flooded in from all corners of the business community and ideological spectrum...


The Creative Community Sounds the Alarm about FCC Proposal

JOINT ANNOUNCEMENT   •   April 22, 2016

In public filings with the agency that will be submitted by the end of today, the American Federation of Musicians, the Copyright Alliance, CreativeFuture, Crossings TV, Directors Guild of America, IATSE, the Independent Film and Television Alliance (IFTA), Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA), the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), SAG-AFTRA, SoundExchange, VMe TV, as well as individual creators, all raised concerns about the lack of guarantees for copyright holders in the current FCC proposal. Each urged FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler to consider the potentially harmful impact on content creators.


Creators of Color Warn New FCC Regs Could Undermine Diversity on TV

Press Release   •   April 21, 2016

Prominent entertainment industry personalities and executives joined released a detailed joint letter today joining the outpouring of opposition from the creative community to the set top box mandate being considered at the FCC.


Future of TV statement on Comcast’s partnership with Roku and Samsung

Future of TV Coalition   •   Press Release   •   April 20, 2016

The Future of TV Coalition issued the following statement in response to Comcast’s announcement of partnerships with Roku and Samsung that will allow customers to watch their TV service without needing a leased set-top box. This reflects a growing industry trend embracing app-based, customer-owned alternatives to leased set-top boxes...


Tens of Thousands File at the FCC in Opposition to Set Top Box Mandate

Future of TV Coalition   •   Press Release   •   April 19, 2016

In an outpouring of consumer opposition to the FCC’s proposed set top box mandate, over 70,000 Americans residing in all fifty states and Washington, D.C., have signed a series of petitions filed at the FCC today arguing that the rules will hamper innovation, erode viewer privacy, set back program diversity and drive up consumer bills...


Future of TV Coalition reacts to White House statement on FCC set-top box mandate

Future of TV Coalition   •   Press Release   •   April 15, 2016

We all agree on the goal of greater consumer choice in video devices. But we disagree strenuously (as does so much of the television ecosystem) with Google’s viewpoint that the only way to get more choice and innovation is through a FCC technology mandate that will decimate the creative industry, rip up licensing protections, tear down the value of content, and strip away consumer privacy protections...


Why Are We Really Having This Fight?

Future of TV Coalition   •   Medium   •   April 14, 2016

So we’re back to the original question: why are we even having this fight? The answer, in a word: Google...   [Read More]


Stop piracy apocalypse: ‘Walking Dead’ producer

Gale Anne Hurd   •   USA Today   •   April 12, 2016

If the Federal Communications Commission approves Chairman Tom Wheeler’s regulatory proposal to “open” set-top boxes, it will make piracy as easy and dangerous in the living room as it is on laptop and mobile devices...   [Read More]


Future of TV Coalition reacts to Chairman Wheeler’s remarks at House E&C Committee

Future of TV Coalition   •   Press Release   •   March 22, 2016

After arguing for nearly two months that a sweeping new FCC mandate is necessary to create competition in the marketplace for video navigation devices, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler made the following statement today at a hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Communications and Technology Subcommittee...


Leading civil rights groups urge FCC to “hit the ‘pause’ button” on set-top box proposal

Future of TV Coalition   •   Press Release   •   March 21, 2016

Earlier today, the National Urban League and nine other leading civil rights organizations sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler urging the Commission to "hit the 'pause' button" on the set-top box proceeding and conduct a disparity study to determine how the proposal will impact diversity and inclusion on television...   [Read More]


Why Is The FCC Handing Google Your TV?

Ev Ehrlich   •   Newsweek   •   March 18, 2016

Regulation is supposed to protect us, whether from changing climate or lead in our water or speculators who crash financial markets. But the FCC has proposed a regulation that hands control of your TV to the country’s biggest monopolist, Google...   [Read More]


Future of TV Coalition reacts to Chairman Wheeler’s remarks at House Appropriations Committee Hearing

Future of TV Coalition   •   Press Release   •   March 15, 2016

The Future of TV Coalition issued the following statement following FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s appearance today at the House Appropriations Committee’s FCC budget hearing before the Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee...


Stacking the deck at the FCC

Fred Campbell   •   The Washington Times   •   March 14, 2016

A lot of dissatisfaction with Washington is built on the sense that the deck is stacked in favor of a select few. A recent example is the unnecessary proposal for new TV rules being considered at the FCC...   [Read More]


Consumers have too many remotes — and the government is here to help

Geoffrey A. Manne   •   The Hill   •   March 11, 2016

Today’s FCC leadership has a penchant for adopting massive regulatory schemes to solve trivial or hypothetical problems. Time and again it abjures well-functioning, if imperfect, markets, opting instead to put a government thumb on the scale in favor of its preferred outcome — whether supported by economic logic or not...   [Read More]


A new threat to diversity on TV

Frank Washington   •   The Seattle Times   •   March 8, 2016

Worrisome new federal regulations proposed by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler, with the support of large technology companies, such as Google, have thrown a dark cloud over this revolution — one that could deprive many communities of the tailored, in-language program options we have worked so hard to provide...   [Read More]