VOL. 12, NO. 38

October 3, 2016

October 23-25, 2016



October 24, 2016

Reply Comments Due in Public Notice on Status of Competition in the Video Programming Delivery Market

The INCOMPAS Show features "Building the Cities of the Future" Panel
Building the cities of the future requires policies that facilitate simple, speedy, and cost-effective business transactions between the city and its vendors. 

Please join our esteemed panelists on Tuesday, October 25th from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. to discover the requirements of building tech-ready communitites, the process for evaluating potential partners, and the value of relationships among city leaders, network builders, and other vendors. 

Moderated by Todd O'Boyle, Deputy Director at Next Century Cities, our panelists include: J. Josh Guevara, Economic Develpment Manager at the City of Santa Cruz, Ron Nirenberg, Councilman at the City of San Antonio,  Mayor Wade Troxell at the City of Ft. Collins, Colorado, and Jory Wolf, Vice President of Ditital Innovation at Magellan Advisors. 

Register today to attend The INCOMPAS Show (October 23-25 in Dallas) and you will have access to multiple daily networking events, educational sessions and the trade show. Check out the full schedule on The INCOMPAS Show website and start planning today.
FCC Postpones Vote on

Set-Top Box Reform 
Last week, at its September open meeting, the FCC was scheduled to address its set-top box order, which would open up competition in the video navigation device market. However, just before the meeting's scheduled start, the FCC released a notice deleting this item from the agenda.

In a joint statement, the three Democratic commissioners said, "We are still working to resolve the remaining technical and legal issues and we are committed to unlocking the set-top box for consumers across this country." Later, in a press conference after the meeting, Chairman Tom Wheeler noted that the Commission "ran out of time" to get a Report & Order ready for the meeting and that proposed rules "remain in deliberation" by the full Commission.

In response to this action, INCOMPAS CEO Chip Pickering said, "Competition is the law, and the FCC has an obligation to continue working toward solutions that bring real choice, innovation and lower prices to consumers. The members of the commission are smart, well intentioned, and we believe they will find common ground that will open the market and promote innovation. For competition to rise, the set-top box monopoly must fall, and we look forward to working with all members of the FCC toward this shared goal."

Pickering also was quoted in a New York Times article about the delay.
FCC Introduces NPRM to Address Independent Video Programming 
During last week's open meeting, the FCC passed by a 3-2 vote an NPRM aimed at increasing the availability of diverse and independent programming to consumers. 

The NPRM seeks public comment on proposed rules that would "prevent pay TV providers from including so-called 'unconditional' most favored nation (MFN) and 'unreasonable' alternative distribution methods (ADM) clauses in their contracts with independent programmers."  This NPRM follows a NOI that was released earlier this year seeking information about practices encountered by independent programmers in their negotiations and agreements with pay TV providers.   

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