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Thune Urges FCC To Release Set-Top Box Further Notice

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“Meanwhile, Tech Knowledge Director Fred Campbell complained today about the FCC’s retaining of its ‘sunshine’ prohibitions on the set-top box item.

‘At this point it appears the public won’t receive notice and an opportunity to comment on the latest version of his set-top box rules and won’t even be allowed to discuss them at the FCC until Wheeler gets what he wants,’ Mr. Campbell said in a piece posted on the ‘Forbes’ website. “‘That’s not how an open and transparent government process is supposed to work. The ‘notice-and-comment’ and ‘sunshine’ rules governing agency procedures are supposed to facilitate greater public participation in rulemaking proceedings, not shut the public out.'”

FCC Pulls STB Item From Meeting Agenda

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“Tech Knowledge Director Fred Campbell said, ‘Over the last several weeks, it has become increasingly clear that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s most recent iteration of his revised proposal to regulate set-top boxes looks nothing like the proposal the agency released for public comment earlier this year. Especially in light of the obvious lack of consensus among the agency’s commissioners, the public interest would be best served by providing the public with notice of how the revised plan is expected to work and a reasonable opportunity to comment on it.’

‘A decision that could determine the future of television shouldn’t be cloaked in secrecy. It should be decided through a transparent and open process that reflects the complexity and importance of this proceeding,’ Mr. Campbell added.”

Netflix Throttling of Its Own Video Stream Was a Bad Thing

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“Netflix’s throttling of its own video stream on AT&T and Verizon devices (see 1603250050) was a bad thing, net neutrality advocates concede, Fred Campbell, executive director of Tech Knowledge, said Thursday in a Forbes blog post. But Netflix, as an edge provider, didn’t violate FCC net neutrality rules, which shows a fundamental problem with the rules, Campbell wrote.”

The complete article is available HERE.

FCC Launches Set-top Box Rulemaking by 3-2 Party Line Vote

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“The FCC proposals aren’t about ‘unlocking cable and satellite set-top boxes,’ they’re about ‘shifting some of the value of their underlying programming rights to Google and other powerful Internet companies,’ said Tech Knowledge, a new group run by Fred Campbell, in a release.”

FCC Champions Google Plan To Enhance Its Search And Online Advertising Monopolies

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“FCC Chairman Wheeler has announced a proposal — designed by Google — that would ostensibly “unlock the set top box.” But the proposal isn’t intended to unlock set-top boxes. It’s intended to enable Google to extend its existing Internet search and online advertising monopoliesto cable and satellite video services by unlocking their underlying cable programming rights.”

The complete article is available HERE.

FCC should leave legislating to Congress and leave the ‘exclusivity rule’ alone

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“Fred Campbell, former chief of the FCC’s Wireless Technology Bureau, explains that exclusivity is ‘fundamental to local television,’ writing that ‘[l]ocal TV stations could not survive without broadcast exclusivity rights that are enforceable both legally and practicably.'”