Obama urges agency to open competition in cable TV boxes

April 15, 2016 10:04 AM

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Obama urges agency to open competition in cable TV boxes

WASHINGTON The Obama administration on Friday weighed into the debate over allowing consumers to switch pricey cable television boxes for less expensive devices, urging an agency to set an example for other parts of government to boost competition.

Consumers can spend nearly $1,000 over four years for renting cable set top boxes. Opening the business to competition and allowing consumers to chose devices or apps they can own could mean quick savings, an official said.

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