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Communicators Discussion on Set-Top Boxes

Mark Cooper and George Ford participated in a roundtable discussion on the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) proposal to open the set-top… read more

Mark Cooper and George Ford participated in a roundtable discussion on the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) proposal to open the set-top box market to competition by allowing consumers to buy their own set-top boxes or apps to serve as video navigation devices instead of renting boxes from their cable providers. The FCC passed the proposal in a 3-2 vote in February 2016. Cable companies strongly opposed the proposal. The discussion looked at the policy implications, economic ramifications, and legal questions involved. The guests argued that the changes would affect the cable industry’s revenue stream, create potential opportunities for Google and others to monetize video that consumers watch, and could affect copyrighted material. close

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  • Lydia Beyoud Correspondent Daily Report for Executives->Telecommunications
  • Mark N. Cooper Director Consumer Federation of America->Research
  • George S. Ford Chief Economist Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal and Economic Public Policy Studies
  • Peter Slen Host C-SPAN
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Communicators Discussion on Set-Top Boxes

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408150-1
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Interview
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Interview
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Apr 15, 2016 | 12:10pm EDT | C-SPAN.org
Last Aired:
Apr 18, 2016 | 8:40pm EDT | C-SPAN 2

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  • Apr 16, 2016 | 6:29pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Apr 18, 2016 | 8:00am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Apr 18, 2016 | 2:38pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Apr 18, 2016 | 8:40pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
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