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Abhorred by Cable, Set-Top Box Alternatives Advance in U.S.

  • Regulators begin writing rules to expose boxes to competition
  • Cable says change would unfairly let online companies profit
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Who Wins, Who Loses Over Proposed Set-Top Box Rules?

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U.S. regulators voted to begin writing rules that would expose cable and satellite companies’ set-top boxes to competing devices, saying more choices for the video gateway into homes could help develop new options for viewers.

The Federal Communications Commission approved Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal on a 3-2 Democratic-led vote. The plan was backed by Google and opposed by AT&T Inc., owner of DirecTV, and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, which represents providers including No. 1 Comcast Corp. The agency’s two Republican commissioners dissented.