SOURCE: United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

May 18, 2016 18:32 ET

USHCC Continues to Push for a Fair Ruling on Set-Top Box

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - May 18, 2016) - On behalf of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC), we commend the thoroughness by which the FCC continues to deliberate on the set-top box rule, "While we await a final decision, we will continue to work with the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAAC), and U.S. Black Chamber (USBC), to address our grave concerns about the sweeping video navigation device rule first introduced on February 18," said USHCC President and CEO, Javier Palomarez.

This proposed rule represents a massive federal intervention into an already competitive and innovative sector, which has never before been more dynamic. Far from serving the best interests of minority communities, this rule creates an unfair advantage for large tech companies at the expense of minority content creators and entrepreneurs. Likewise, it is likely to limit the television options available to minority communities as well as undermine diverse media businesses -- all while driving up TV costs and eliminating federal statutory protections for viewing privacy.

The Commission has already heard from dozens of programmers, content creators, lawmakers, and community leaders about the devastating impact this rule is likely to have on diverse communities. Much like the 2010 AllVid proposal rejected by President Obama's first FCC Chairman, it embraces a "forced access" model that would allow large tech giants to intercept TV programming, repackage it into their own devices and services, and pile on additional ads without paying anything to the content's creators or owners.

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