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Table of Contents - December 19, 2014

FCC Proposes To Classify OTT Providers As MVPDs

The FCC today proposed to change its definition of multichannel video programming distributor (MVPD) to make it "technology-neutral" and categorize over-the-top video providers that provide "multiple linear streams of video programming available for purchase" as MVPDs.

In a notice of proposed rulemaking released today, the FCC said the notice marks an "important step in making sure the Commission's regulations accommodate the technology transition occurring in the video distribution industry. This consumer-focused approach would ensure that incumbent providers will continue to be subject to the pro-competitive regulations that apply to MVPDs as they transition their services to Internet protocol delivery. It also would ensure that nascent, web-based video programming services will have access to the content they need to compete with established providers."

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