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Cárdenas to FCC: Address Concerns of Content Creators in Set-Top Box Proposal

Feb 17, 2016
Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Tuesday, Congressman Cárdenas led 24 of his colleagues in sending a letter to the Federal Communications Commission, urging them to consider the concerns of content creators as they develop ways to maintain competition in the set-top box market.

The letter comes shortly before the FCC’s scheduled February 18, 2016 Open Commission Meeting to consider a proposal put forth by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler that would allow consumers to access television content through set-top boxes manufactured by third party companies.

“The San Fernando Valley is home to a vibrant and diverse community of content creators that produce high-quality programming,” said Cárdenas. “They should be able to share this content with their audience in a way that makes sure that their rights are protected and that their work is not used without their permission. I am hopeful that the FCC Commissioners will consider and address the concerns raised in the letter as they examine Chairman Wheeler’s proposal.”

The letter concludes, “Our country is the innovation capital of the world,” and calls on the FCC to ensure any new proposal “keeps us on a path forward that embraces consumer choice, protects content creators and safeguards our data.”


Read the full letter here.