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

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

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

The Future of TV Coalition issued the following statement in response to the White House’s announcement on the FCC’s proposed set-top box mandate:

“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.  The video marketplace has never been more dynamic or competitive, and consumers have more choices for services and devices than ever before.  It’s exactly the wrong time for the FCC to get into the business of designing set-top boxes and locking consumers into outdated technology.

“Google’s should not be the only voice that gets a hearing in this debate.  A chorus of informed voices – including diverse programmers, producers, artists, entrepreneurs, leading civil rights organizations, thirty members of the Congressional Black Caucus, and many others – have all laid out clear explanations of how this federal set-top box mandate will devastate small and independent networks, reduce programming diversity, and leave consumers with more boxes, more ads, more piracy, fewer privacy protections, and higher prices.

“It is deeply disappointing that the White House appears once again to have outsourced a major tech policy decision to Mountain View, without  taking the time to understand what’s really at stake in this fight.  The market is already moving toward a future powered by apps.  The Google proposal the White House endorsed today will box consumers into yesterday’s technology and impede the innovation consumers so desperately want.”

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