The FCC is considering a proposal that would force subscribers to pay a fee to use the service, but that’s not the way the industry wants it.
Activator Media Group has been lobbying for the proposed regulation for several years, claiming that the FCC should require pay-TV providers to allow subscribers to opt-in to the subscription.
It has repeatedly said that this would require pay TV providers to create new programs or services, and that these services would be more appealing to a broad audience.
But now, the cable industry is fighting back against the FCC’s proposal.
The industry is arguing that it’s necessary to protect the “freedom” of its subscribers, because a recent Pew Research Center survey found that 60% of Americans said that they were less likely to pay an extra $5 a month for cable, compared to 39% of the general public.
Activation of the Fox Sports streaming service has been on hold for months, as a number of legal battles over the issue have played out.
Activists say that a proposed regulation would require the cable company to make changes to the service to make it more appealing, while critics say that the proposed rule could lead to consumers losing access to some of the services that they love.
The FCC has said that the issue will be considered in December.