Pickering/INCOMPAS Release Statement
Washington, DC – Today, the Consumer Video Choice Coalition filed an ex parte letter with the FCC pushing back on the last minute lobbying attempts by the cable industry and Hollywood studios seeking to inject significant anti-consumer measures that would strengthen their monopoly control on the broken set top box market which is costing American families $231 dollars a year.
In addition, Chip Pickering, CEO of INCOMPAS and a member of the Consumer Video Choice Coalition released the following statement:
“In a debate over ending monopoly control of set-top boxes, only big Cable and big Hollywood would be brazen enough to push for last minute antitrust immunity.
“During the extensive set-top box proceeding, Chairman Tom Wheeler and the FCC have placed consumers and the law first, and gone out of their way to listen and incorporate ideas from all interested parties. The last minute attack on the Unlock the Box proceeding is an overreaching attempt by cable and Hollywood who seek to prevent common sense FCC oversight and overturn long standing consumer protections.
“After 20 years of skirting the law to delay set-top box choice, placing a competition cop on the beat to keep big cable and Hollywood in check is both reasonable and necessary to ensure consumers have real choice, lower prices and access to new ideas from new innovators.”