HTTP is pleased with the FCC’s decision to postpone its vote on the revised Set-Top Box Proposal which—as we have stated—would radically alter the way consumers find and view subscription-based television content. We especially commend Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel for bringing measured scrutiny to the proposed regulation. We are concerned that the FCC’s proposal would harm diverse and independent programmers that are important to the Latino community, and we urge the Commission to allow for much needed review and public comment.
Due to continued uncertainty with the revised Set-Top Box Proposal, HTTP echoes the request made by Representative Tony Cardenas and 63 other members of Congress for the FCC to issue a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) for analysis. Transparency, an indispensable part of our democratic process, must be upheld leading up to the Commission’s vote on this pivotal issue. A FNPRM and an end to the sunshine period would allow the public to meet with Commissioners, ask questions, and discuss numerous concerns.
While the proposed rule’s impact on copyright laws is holding up the vote, HTTP’s concerns with the proposal’s impact on privacy protection, innovation, and programmers’ property rights still remain. These concerns all suggest that it is vital for the Commission to create a transparent process that gives all stakeholders, especially Latino programmers and content producers, the opportunity to weigh in.