Coalition Says FCC proceeding will help consumers save, illuminate cable’s nefarious copyright and privacy claims
Washington, DC – Yesterday Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) sent a letter to the FCC in support of their set-top box proceeding, saying “unlock the box” is a way to give consumers more choice and competition in the video marketplace, as directed by a bi-partisan Congress 20 years ago.
In response to the letter from Senator Leahy, the Consumer Video Choice Coalition (CVCC) released the following statement:
“We applaud and commend Senator Leahy for standing up for consumers who want to unlock the box and end the cable monopoly. We agree; choice and competition, as Congress directed the FCC to implement 20 years ago, has been a long time coming. Families could save $231 per year or more if the FCC takes action.
“It was a three-strike week for big cable. Comcast and AT&T finished dead last in another customer survey. The state of New Jersey launched an investigation into bogus HD charges on customers’ bills, and a new lawsuit follows the Justice Department probe into Comcast’smonopoly advertising practices. Clearly consumers are desperate for change.
“The FCC process is designed to fully address the concerns stakeholders have raised to vet the impact on copyright and privacy, which we believe will be largely exposed as misleading attempts by Comcast-owned Hollywood studios to preserve their rent-a-box monopoly. To the extent that any legitimate concerns exist, the Commission has ample time to address them in the rule without delaying cost-saving consumer relief.
“Eighty-four percent of Americans believe cable prices are too high and 69 percent agree competition is the answer. The Commission’s proposal to “unlock the box” empowers consumers to bypass cable gatekeepers seeking to block Internet streaming content from new, independent programmers. It’s time to unlock the box and let competition stream in.”