FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced Tuesday (Oct. 28) he has circulated a rulemaking proposal to give linear over-the-top providers access to programming and the ability to negotiate retrans. Wheeler said it was about insuring access to programming by Internet video services, similar to the way the FCC opened up cable programming to satellite competitors.
"Consumers have long complained about how their cable service forces them to buy channels they never watch," Wheeler said. "The move of video onto the Internet can do something about that frustration— but first Internet video services need access to the programs. Today the FCC takes the first step to open access to cable programs as well as local television."
Wheeler also suggested an unbundling angle to the proposal.
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