New rules could let peo­ple by­pass the ca­ble box

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD - — As­so­ci­ated Press

Cus­tomers might soon have more op­tions for a ca­ble box than rent­ing one from the ca­ble com­pany. The Fed­eral Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion has a plan to make ca­ble com­pa­nies pro­vide apps that could be used on de­vices made by tech com­pa­nies such as Roku or Ap­ple. The FCC says the new rules mean more choices and will make it eas­ier for con­sumers to search for and find video they want. The agency’s Jan­uary pro­posal was op­posed by the tele­vi­sion and ca­ble in­dus­tries, crit­i­cized by the U.S. Copy­right Of­fice and dozens of law­mak­ers. A re­vised plan re­leased Thurs­day adopts some ca­ble in­dus­try sug­ges­tions. The FCC’s five com­mis­sion­ers will vote on the plan this month. If ap­proved, most ca­ble cus­tomers could choose an­other de­vice to watch ca­ble within two years.

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