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Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has said that one of his top goals is to promote competition in the industries he regulates. The agency is now mulling a rule change that could increase competition and choice for TV viewers by helping companies launch pay-TV services that stream channels through the Internet. It's a good idea, but it wouldn't do much to counteract the forces that are driving pay-TV bills into the stratosphere. At issue is how the FCC defines a "multichannel video programming distributor," a category now reserved for companies such as Comcast, DirecTV and Verizon FiOS that provide a pipeline (wired or wireless) and transmit...