F.C.C. Weighs Treating Video Sites Like Cable Companies – NYTimes.com

F.C.C. Weighs Treating Video Sites Like Cable Companies - NYTimes.com

BOSTON — Most consumers have no idea what an M.V.P.D. is, but they mail a check to one every month. What they call Comcast or Time Warner Cable or DirecTV, the government calls a “multichannel video programming distributor,” or M.V.P.D. for short.

When that mouthful of a phrase was coined decades ago, it was pretty easy to identify what was a multichannel distributor — any cable or satellite company — and just as important, what wasn’t. But the Internet is changing that — so profoundly, in fact, that the Federal Communications Commission is now rethinking even the definition of the word “channel.”

via F.C.C. Weighs Treating Video Sites Like Cable Companies – NYTimes.com.

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