Editor’s Note: Cable set-top box standards should be based on private sector, market-driven consortia standards. See, Market-Driven Consortia: Implications for the FCC’s Cable Access Proceeding.
From: New York Times
WASHINGTON — The cable set-top box, long a scourge of consumers and a moneymaker for cable companies, appears set for a makeover.
The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday announced a proposal allowing cable and satellite subscribers to pick the devices they use to watch programming. Nearly all customers now must get their boxes from their cable companies, and they pay an average of $231 a year to lease the devices.