Google Preps for launch of next-gen set-top; House may vote on email privacy bill

Cable industry news from across the Web:

> Google Fiber users may soon have access to a new set-top box now that the FCC has cleared the device for deployment.  The next-generation box from Google, dubbed GFHD200, will support dual-band (2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz) WiFi up to 802.11ac, along with 10/100 Ethernet, MoCA 1.1 and 2.0, Bluetooth 4.0, and HDMI 1.4. Story

> The Email Privacy Act, which lawmakers said would protect consumers' email, social messaging and other cloud-stored data in the same way as files stored at a person's home, has 218 cosponsors, according to the Computer & Communications Industry Association, whose members include Microsoft, Google, eBay, Dish, Aereo, Sprint and T-Mobile. Story

> The Consumer Electronics Show will be held on Jan. 6-9 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Story

> AMC Networks Inc. is reportedly working on an Internet-based subscription video service that would offer specialized programming that is separate from its linear television product, according to Bloomberg News. Story

And finally... In 2013, 48.5% of Peru's cable television connections were procured illegally, according to data from local citizen organization Contribuyentes por Respeto (Taxpayers for Respect). Story

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