Powell: FCC’s Cable Stance ‘Relentless’
Former FCC Chairman Michael Powell and now head of the National Cable Telecommunications Association says regulators are stifling the cable industry’s progress.
“The policy blows we are weathering are not moderate corrections, they are thundering tectonic shifts” that are dramatically changing the industry, he told attendees of the Internet & Television Expo on Monday.
Powell discussed the commission’s proposals to toss existing special access regulations that will affect business service rates and the direct-to-consumer streaming proposal that will “unbundle valuable content and hand it to companies that don’t protect content,” reported FierceCable.
The commission’s “unlock the box” set-top box proposal and plans to reform retransmission consent are also some of the major cable issues pending before the FCC.
“Most troubling is [regulators’] view that the communications market is bifurcated. Internet providers are allowed to roam free, but network providers … must be shackled” by regulations, Powell said.