Obama hopes cable set-top box rule will usher in new era of competition

April 15, 2016 10:04 AM

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WASHINGTON — President Obama will weigh in on a controversy with big implications for cable customers — and, the White House says, the future of the American economy.

In comments to be filed Friday with the Federal Communications Commission, the Obama administration will throw its support behind a proposed rule that would prohibit cable companies from requiring customers to rent their set-top boxes directly from their provider.

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