The Federal Communications Commission has proposed a rule change that would update video competition rules, permitting Internet services to carry broadcast programs.
“Consumers have long complained about how their cable service forces them to buy channels they never watch,” writes FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. “The move of video onto the Internet can do something about that frustration – but first Internet video services need access to the programs. Today the FCC takes the first step to open access to cable programs as well as local television. The result should be to give consumers more alternatives from which to choose so they can buy the programs they want.
The change in rules would be similar to Congress’ 1992 mandate granting satellite services access to cable channels, allowing consumers the ability to pick and choose what channels they want to watch and pay for. Chairman Wheeler also believes the change could finally prompt cable companies to offer channels a la carte.