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Divided FCC Votes to ‘Unlock’ Set-Tops

Following several weeks of almost constant public lobbying and importuning from both sides of the issue and the political aisle, a divided FCC, though even a supporter had reservations, voted Thursday to approve FCC chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal for “unlocking” the cable set top and letting third parties access the content and programming and integrate it into their own navigation devices and online video lineups.

The vote was 3-2 along party lines.

Read more at our sister brand, Broadcasting & Cable.

See how the decision could affect sales of smart TVs and streaming-media players.