Internet TV providers could soon get the same content rights and fights as pay TV


FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler submitted a proposal Tuesday to begin a rulemaking process that would let certain online television providers get access to the same content traditional pay TV companies like Comcast or AT&T do. In a blog post, the chairman wrote that he would circulate a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the issue as part of his efforts to make the communications world more competitive.

The proposal isn’t aimed at the on-demand providers like Netflix or Hulu, but companies that are trying to provide multiple channels of linear programming via the internet. The issue is that the FCC had earlier decided that to be classified as a Multichannel Video Program Distributor (a MVPD) a company had to have access to both the transmission line (the cable or copper leading to the home) as well as the content.

But in the IP era where transmission and the content…

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