Broadband, High-speed Internet Access, FCC, MVPD, OTT

Tech Transitions, Video, and the Future | "... Opening up program access will also stimulate the high-speed broadband buildout.  In September, I detailed how limited today’s competition for high-speed fixed broadband in the United States is – about 75 percent of American homes have either zero or only one broadband network delivering speeds of 25 Mbps downstream/3 Mbps upstream or better.  Those seeking to deploy new competitive broadband networks tell us that it’s hard to provide new high-speed Internet access without also being able to offer a competitive video package as well.  An updated definition of MVPD would permit a new broadband competitor to offer customers the ability to reach a variety of OTT video packages without necessarily having to enter the video business itself. We have passed from an era where it was necessary to build a purpose-specific pathway to deliver video.  The innovation of Internet Protocol (IP) has freed video from these closed pathways and single-purpose devices.  The proposal put forth today will update FCC rules to recognize this new reality and, as a result, expand competition and consumer choice."

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