FCC Looks to End Cable Box Rentals

Washington — Federal regulators Thursday put the metal boxes most Americans rent to receive cable or satellite programming at the center of a high-stakes fight over the future of TV and video. The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 along party lines to begin crafting rules intended to spur competition in the set-top-box market by developing technology standards so third-party devices and apps could decode pay-TV signals. Such...

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The Business of Agriculture: Plant businesses big and small are firing up for the growing season
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The Business of Agriculture: Plant businesses big and small are firing up for the growing season

Setting out petunias in the flower beds and starting tomato and pepper plants in the vegetable garden may seem a long way off here in February, but in New Hampshire and Vermont greenhouse operations, the spring season already is well underway. Propane-fired heaters are roaring, seeds are being placed in growing media and tiny seedlings of some species already are emerging as growers prepare for the sales rush that will begin as soon...

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Money Talk: Alert Credit Bureaus Directly About a Death

Question: How does one get credit reports for someone who is dead? My deceased husband is still on my mortgage and I’d like to review his report to make sure it is correct. The estate went through probate, so I have court documents showing I am the executor. I looked at credit bureau websites and attempted to contact them by phone but have not been able to determine what information they need or where it should be sent. Answer: The...

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Consumer Confidential: Time Warner Cable Takes Baby Step Toward More Affordable Pay-TV Service

Dana Sutton is typical of many Time Warner Cable customers. It’s not that he dislikes the company’s services. He just doesn’t want so much of them. For instance, the $12.75 a month he has to pay for his cable box. “That seems high,” Sutton, 73, told me. Or the many, many channels he never watches. “I’d jump at the chance for a-la-carte channels,” the Los Angeles-area resident said. Could it be that Time Warner Cable feels his and...

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