U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

The battle lines are hardening in the controversy over the FCC’s proposal to deregulate cable set-top boxes.

The USwoman-girl-remote-watching Copyright Office recently weighed in against the proposal, on the grounds that it would undermine the ability of cable multi-system operators (MSOs) to enter into stable license agreements with copyright owners. This, the Copyright Office declared,

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has called on FCC Chair Tom Wheeler to reconsider his proposal to unlock cable and satellite set-top boxeswoman-girl-remote-watching. 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

On February 18, the FCC opened a rulemaking process to deregulate the cable set top box. Currently, cable, satellite and telco multi-system operators (MSOs) require subscribers to use only boxes they furnish. These are generally rented to subscribers at an average cost per household of $231 per year. The proposed regulations would permit consumers to

President Obama has released a statement coming  out strongly in favor of net neutrality. This has angered the President’s opponents and will bring new pressure on Tom Wheeler, Obama’s appointed FCC Chair, to side with his fellow Democrats on the Commission and strengthen regulation of the internet.

The core issue is whether internet service providers