John Breaux and Trent Lott, former U.S. senators and current lobbyists, made their case for the end of the “set-top-box monopoly” on WSJ.com.
In a co-authored opinion piece, the former Louisiana and Mississippi senators argue that the Federal Communications Commission should act to unlock the set-top box. Breaux and Lott say the prices cable companies charge for the boxes have gone up 185 percent since 1994 while the costs of televisions, phones and computers have fallen by 90 percent.
Cable companies have opposed the idea, which the FCC proposed allowing consumers to own the boxes. Cable companies say these types of boxes are already available, but they’re not cheap. Minority broadcast companies have said unlocking the boxes could damage them by cutting revenue.
To see the full opinion piece, click here.