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FCC Postpones Vote on Set-Top Box Proposal — Well this was unexpected. The Federal Communications Commission will not hold a vote today on its "unlock the box" proposal that would have allowed consumers to access cable and satellite television programming on devices other than a set-top box rented directly from their provider.

It’s Crunch Time for the FCC’s Plan to Bust Open the TV Set-Top Box Market — Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) is sick and tired of Big Cable's price gouging. Image: Senate Democrats/Flickr Federal regulators are poised to approve an ambitious plan to free consumers from the tyranny of the cable TV "set-top box," some two decades after Congress passed a law mandating increased competition in the video device marketplace.

How Google Beat Viacom in the Landmark YouTube Copyright Case - Again — Media giant Viacom just can't win - at least when it comes to the company's long-running, landmark copyright infringement lawsuit against Google's YouTube video service. A federal judge handed a major victory to YouTube on Thursday, one year after a federal appeals court breathed new life into Viacom's $1 billion lawsuit.

Trump vs. Clinton: Who's Better On Telecom? — Editor's Note: In anticipation of the presidential debates, Motherboard has graded Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on the depth of their insight, and the viability of their policies, regarding the subjects near and dear to us: cybersecurity, health, energy, space, environment, telecom and, of course, marijuana. Spoiler: It's not always pretty.

Trump Backs Cruz’s Plan to Sabotage the US Internet Transition — Donald Trump speaking at CPAC in 2013. Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is taking aim at the US plan to transfer key internet governance functions to the international community, joining Sen. Ted Cruz in an attempt to sabotage the historic transition.

Ted Cruz is Trying to Sabotage the Internet’s Governance Transition — The US government's plan to relinquish stewardship of key internet governance functions is under attack from Republicans who are using blatant falsehoods and fear-mongering to obstruct the historic transfer, according to internet policy experts. Led by Sen.

FCC Battles Skeptics Over Pro-Consumer Set-Top Box Reforms — Federal Communications Commission officials sparred with skeptical lawmakers on Thursday over the agency's plan to increase competition in the video "set-top box" market, in a vivid illustration of the challenges facing the FCC as it prepares for a vote on the proposal later this month.

The Congressional Bill That Would Save Community Broadband Networks Nationwide — An influential Democratic lawmaker on Tuesday introduced federal legislation to help communities across the country develop locally-controlled communications networks, setting up a fierce battle with anti-municipal broadband Republicans in Congress. The Community Broadband Act of 2016, which was sponsored by Rep. Anna Eshoo, the California Democrat, is designed to accompany a similar Senate measure backed by Sen.

​FCC Unveils Plan to ‘Unlock’ Set-Top Boxes After Brawl With Big Cable — The Federal Communications Commission unveiled its long-awaited proposal to increase competition in the video "set-top box" market on Thursday, but the agency's "compromise" plan faces no guarantee of final approval after months of furious pushback from the cable and entertainment industries.

Open Internet Advocates Claim Victory in Europe Net Neutrality Fight — Open internet advocates celebrated on Tuesday after Europe's top telecom authority issued stronger-than-expected guidelines protecting net neutrality, the principle that all content on the internet should be equally accessible to consumers.
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