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.
- Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA), the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, sent a letter voicing “significant concerns as to how the FCC’s proposal affects consumer privacy and copyright interests.”
- The Chairmen and Ranking Members of the Senate and House Homeland Security Committees — Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), Sen. Thomas Carper (D-DE), Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), and Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) — wrote a joint letter asking pointed questions about whether, and how, the FCC considered cybersecurity concerns when developing the proposed mandate. The letter asks whether the proposal addresses“potential economic harm to content creators or businesses that may be impacted from the potential for cyberattacks or potential harm to infrastructure.”
- Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) sent a joint letter asking the FCC to consider the impact the proposal will have on consumers’ energy usage. The Senators wrote, “However, we are concerned that this rule would require MVPDs to support third-party apps and devices via an additional converter device… It would be troubling if the result of the new rule were to double the number of energy-consuming set-top boxes.”
To date, more than 160 Members of Congress have written to the FCC opposing or raising significant concerns with the proposal.