[mythtv-users] Cox Communications has turned off Firewire output

Daniel Kristjansson danielk at cuymedia.net
Tue Aug 28 03:22:30 UTC 2007

On Mon, 2007-08-27 at 17:03 -0700, Tom Greer wrote:
> Cox Communications in Orange County, CA has disabled the IEEE1394
> output on all of their cable boxes.
> I promptly informed him that I was going to file a complaint with the
> FCC - and immediately start the process of switching my telephone,
> internet provider and cable TV service elsewhere. 

Don't drop them yet, you may lose standing. Also the FCC isn't really
keen on enforcing any law against cable companies or broadcasters, 
they file complaints by non-multi-million dollar donors, not about
an exposed breast, in the circular file. Orange County probably has
a Public Service Commission, contact them and also contact the
California PSC. The PSC's have the ability to forbid Cox from operating
in Orange County or California, resp. And these local entities are
often not in the pocket of the cable operator and will often get
brazenly illegal policies such as this reversed in a matter of hours.

Once the policy has been reversed -- then cancel. If the PSC gives you
no love then contact a lawyer about a class action. You're not going
to get much money out of it, but at least you will have the satisfaction
of helping to fight the criminal element in our society. ;^)

The local cable cable monopoly/duopoly/triopoly does not care if
you cancel, you need at least 20 competitors of a reasonable size in
a cartel free environment market before Capitalist theory applies.

-- Daniel

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