April 22, 2016
FCC’s AllVid NPRM Is Anticompetitive, Anticompetitive, Anticompetitive
WASHINGTON D.C. – The following quotes are based on NetCompetition’s submitted comments on the FCC’s AllVid NPRM and may be attributed to Scott Cleland, Chairman of NetCompetition:
“Think for a moment. Would anyone think it “pro-competitive” if a government agency mandated an “Unlock the Big Box Stores” ruling so that WalMart, Target, or Best Buy could no longer install effective doors, locks, security guards or anti-theft devices on their store perimeters to protect the value of their inventory, all so that Google, Amazon, or eBay could take it for free and then profit from selling it online?”
“The companies that comprise the ~$200b pay TV industry are the video programming functional equivalent of Big Box stores, and the FCC’s AllVid NPRM is the functional equivalent of a looters pardon.”
“Consider how the FCC’s “Unlock the Box” looters’ mantra is profoundly anticompetitive and destructive.
First, the FCC has cherry-picked its facts to politically fictionalize a market with no choice when consumers enjoy exploding competitive choices for video navigation devices, and market competition and innovation are already rapidly obsolescing the cable set-top box via apps and app innovation – without the FCC.
Second, the FCC’s proposal is not unlocking the box, but unlocking the copyright, privacy, and contractual protections necessary for this ~$200b pay TV industry to create, protect and monetize the most valuable video content in the world.
Third, the FCC’s political proposal is apparently largely designed to benefit one exceptionally dominant and politically-well-connected company, Google.”
“That is why the FCC’s AllVid NPRM is anticompetitive, anticompetitive, anticompetitive; the exact opposite of the FCC’s pro-competitive claims.”
Click here for NetCompetition’s submitted comments to the FCC on the FCC’s AllVid NPRM.
NETCompetition.org is a pro-competition e-forum representing broadband interests. Seewww.netcompetition.org.