On January 27, 2016, the FCC announced a proposal submitted by the FCC Chairman aimed at allowing innovators, device manufacturers, app developers and others to compete with cable company-provided set-top boxes, which in turn, will provide consumers with choices as to how they access the video services to which they subscribe. The concerns over a lack of competition and consumer choice that underlie the FCC Chairman’s proposal are similar to those underlying the antitrust class action MDL, In re: Cox Enter., Inc., Set-Top Cable Television Box Antitrust Litig., MDL No. 2048 (Cauthron, J., W.D. Okla.), in which Kanner & Whiteley serves as co-lead counsel.
For more information on the Chairman Wheeler’s proposal, click here.