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FCC order to redefine over over-the-top video by fall

Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler said Friday that  the agency would vote on a rule to redefine some over-the-top video providers as multi-video program distributors.

Wheeler announced the time-table during a speech Friday at the Brookings Institution, where he laid out his vision for broadband policy.

The rule would give OTT providers “the ability to choose the same business model as cable and satellite providers, with the same program access rights,” Wheeler said. “We expect to move that to a report and order this fall.”

“There is a line of new OTT providers queuing up to expand video choice – and to increase consumer demand – for broadband,” Wheeler added.

The FCC launched the rule making last December.