Google's new set-top box opens can of worms in Washington

Late last week, word got out that Google had produced a set-top box that meets many of the specifications that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler would like to see cable operators implement in their STBs. It was curious on a lot of levels, until one realizes that Google has become one of the biggest influencers in Washington, D.C., says FierceCable Editor Daniel Frankel.

"How does Google have a box that could possibly comply with the FCC's proposal when an intentionally vague framework of the proposal was announced just two days ago, and when the FCC says there are still numerous technical issues to be addressed?" the Future of TV coalition asked.

FierceCable takes a deeper look into the mystery of the Google set-top box here.

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