FROM Brian Fung
Obama Calls for Cable Box Competition President Obama calls for increased competition aimed at freeing consumers from their dependence on leased cable television boxes. The goal is to allow innovators to sell higher quality devices, at lower cost, that could let viewers watch their favorite programs via cable, satellite or streaming online services through one easy-to-use gadget. Goodbye cable box, Apple TV, computer modem. The idea is to consolidate access to all those platforms in one convenient device. Brian Fung, technology reporter for the Washington Post , has an update.
FCC Wants to Expand Internet Access for the Poor The Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced plans today to overhaul a $1.7 billion federal program that subsidizes phone service for low income Americans in order to increase access to high-speed Internet. Last year about 12 million people benefitted from this 30-year-old subsidy. Now the FCC wants to expand it to include broadband , as we hear from Brian Fung who writes about technology and tech policy for the Washington Post .
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