Obama's Set-Top Box Move Is Latest Attempt At FCC Meddling
By Jenna Ebersole (April 19, 2016, 9:23 PM EDT) -- President Barack Obama's endorsement of "unlocked" set-top boxes is the latest evidence of his increasing willingness to step publicly into policy debates at the Federal Communications Commission as his administration draws to a close, which experts said can complicate the ability of commissioners to defy him.
The president backed the FCC's controversial plan to "unlock" the set-top box, which would allow consumers to access their cable or satellite programming on the same interface as their online streaming content, in an online video late last week that followed public moves on net neutrality and municipal broadband last year.
In the video, Obama...
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