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Edward J Markey

Is the FCC ready to think outside the set-top box?

Is the FCC ready to think outside the set-top box?

That unsightly and costly metal box that funnels cable or satellite service into your TV might be going the way of the black rotary-dial telephone — in the technology trash heap.

A holdover from the early days of pay television, the set-top box is an energy-inhaling contraption that also sucks money from Americans' wallets each month.

In a move that could further disrupt the changing video marketplace, those boxes soon could face new federal regulations designed to break the hold of Comcast, Verizon, DirecTV and other providers on the devices that millions of Americans depend on to watch TV.

About 99% of the nation's 100 million pay TV subscribers lease a set-top...

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