FCC Delays Vote That Would Force Cable Companies to Release Apps

FCC Delays Vote That Would Force Cable Companies to Release Apps

The FCC has delayed a vote on their new set-top box rules. The vote was supposed to take place on Thursday, but has been pushed back to an undetermined date, the Washington Post reports.

The FCC has been struggling for some time now to release consumers from cable companies’ set-top box monopoly. The version of the set-top box rules that was due for a vote on Thursday would have required cable companies to release OTT apps on major device platforms like Android, effectively releasing consumers from the need to rent a cable box.

According to the Washington Post’s sources, FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel made some last-minute changes to the draft of the rules that may have led to the delay in the vote. At issue is the FCC’s ability to oversee future agreements between cable companies and the devices on which their apps would be available.

No new date has been set for the vote, but the plan is still under consideration and can be voted on in future meetings.

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