This ruling is intended to force cable, satellite and telco TV providers to stop making subscribers pay them an average of $231 per year in fees for STB rental, and instead offer them a choice of receiving devices.
In a 3-2 vote across party lines, the FCC voted to continue work on a proposal that would create an open standard for cable boxes.
A proposed rule by the FCC's chairman would open up the cable box business instead of requiring you to rent equipment from your cable provider.
The Federal Communications Commission has a plan to make cable companies provide apps that could be used on devices made by tech companies, like maybe Roku or Apple. The FCC says that the new rules mean more choices and it will be e...