Nilay Patel at The Verge:
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler just proposed a rule change that would require cable and broadcast networks to sell their programming to any company that wants to be a TV provider, not just cable or satellite companies. That means Apple could set up an internet TV service and get all the channels it needs to actually replace your cable box — not just a handful of streaming deals like it has now, but a full-on TV package.
There’s a long way to go before a proposed FCC rule change could become reality. But this proposal actually recognizes the reality of today’s broadband world: There’s no reason that the business of redistributing television channels shouldÂ be limited to traditional cable and satellite TV providers. And it might help stimulate the growth of broadband. Here’s hoping.
—Linked by Jason Snell