The Future of TV Coalition Tens of Thousands File at the FCC in Opposition to Set Top Box Mandate

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

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

(Washington, D.C.) 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.

The petitions challenge the FCC’s claim that new rules are needed to create competition for video programming and devices, noting that consumers have never had more ways how, when, and where to watch high quality video and TV. The 72,621 individual signers also question the impact of the FCC’s proposed mandate on key consumer values, warning that it will:

  • “drive up our TV bills while giving us fewer choices, less privacy, and more advertisements on TV”;
  • “undermine diverse voices on television”;
  • “invade the privacy of our personal viewing data and deprive consumers of important protections in the Communications Act that safeguard our viewing choices”; and
  • “mean higher bills, fewer choices, more advertisements, and less privacy on TV.”

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