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Tom Wheeler’s set-top box plan may be losing Democratic support

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The February vote was for a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking NPRM , which put forth a tentative proposal and asked the public for comment.

While this could help customers save money on cable box rental fees, it wouldn't achieve Wheeler's goal of spurring competition in user interfaces.

Rosenworcel's statement didn't endorse the cable industry proposal, but said, "I am glad that efforts are underway to hash out alternatives that provide consumers with more choice and more competition at lower cost."

She praised Wheeler "for kicking off this conversation," saying that "set-top boxes are clunky and costly," and that "consumers don't like them, and they don't like paying for them."

Wheeler weighed in yesterday, too, saying that the cable industry's offer of a compromise shows that arguments against his plan "fell by the wayside," according to Politico.

I think what they ve done is say yes, that the approach that the FCC suggested is an approach that can be taken, Wheeler said in a Q at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

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