The Future of TV Coalition IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Labor Voices Continue to Criticize FCC’s Set-Top Box Plan

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. The filings specifically focused on the potential for the FCC’s proposed rules to negatively impact millions of working Americans.

The DGA’s ex parte submission summarized a recent letter sent to Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, “thanking her for her expressed concern for the rights of creators in this proceeding.”  The submission continues:

“The letter also reiterated the DGA’s concern that the current FCC proposal does not protect DGA members’ creative works and will impact their livelihoods and future ability to create the best programming in the world.”

The AFL-CIO pointed out that while the initial proposal has been revised in response to widespread criticism, stakeholders have yet to see the new plan to be able to judge whether these concerns have been addressed:

“The rules as originally outlined would upend the current content delivery system, potentially leading to fewer resources to invest in quality programming, the network, and the people who create and produce content and who build, maintain, and service the networks… Providing stakeholders the opportunity to review and comment on the complete text of the revised set-top box proposal before an FCC vote is the only way to ensure that such concerns are addressed.”

The Department of Professional Employees echoed these concerns, highlighting the impact that the proposal could have on rank and file workers in the film & TV industry:

“The potential implications of the FCC’s decision in this matter demand a transparent process. The rules governing set-top boxes substantially affect the livelihoods of people working in the entertainment industry. The women and men who contribute both on and off-screen to the success of creative content depend on copyright protections to earn fair wages and benefits. Sacrificing copyright protections in the name of set-top box competition could upend the economic security of middle-class Americans who work in the entertainment industry.”

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