Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has called on FCC Chair Tom Wheeler to reconsider his proposal to unlock cable and satellite set-top boxes. McConnell cited concerns over copyright, consumer costs and the impact on cable providers and customers in rural areas.
This is a further escalation of the broad opposition to the plan from all sides of the political spectrum. At least 150 Congressmembers, mostly Democrats, have voiced their opposition to the plan.
The controversy has not deterred Wheeler so far. In a letter to Congress posted on the FCC website, Wheeler asserted that the proposed rules would foster competition, innovation and consumer choice.