The FCC circulated its long-awaited video competition report to the commissioners for their vote on Wednesday, according to several FCC sources. The report concludes, among other things, that online video has become a “thriving industry.”
The “annual” report (see below) covers developments in the video program market between 2007 and 2010. The term “annual” has been interpreted loosely. The FCC’s last report was in 2009, and that was the 2006 report.
According to one source who had skimmed the summary of the latest, 200-plus report — it had only been circulated an hour before — the report appeared to move away from weighing in on how competitive the marketplace was or wasn’t to outlining the competition that there was, as it has done with the wireless and satellite competition reports, said the source. “They do not seem to be saying it is not competitive,” said the source with the chuckle of one who will have to read all those 200-plus pages to find out just what it does say.