Have you ever read a blog or a proposal by a policy advocate and thought it was satire, only to later learn that the person was serious? I bet this is an increasingly common experience for those of you reading Internet proposals coming from the FCC, Bernie Sanders, and some academics advocating for tech regulation.
It is all too clear who is running the FCC these days, and it’s not Chairman Wheeler. In a January 27 op-ed in Re/code, Chairman Wheeler announced his intention to have the FCC begin regulating television set-top boxes — the devices that connect televisions to cable TV or satellite TV networks. The plan is to force cable and satellite providers to open up their boxes to other technology companies, allowing each customer “to use one for all of the video sources you use.”