Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has a plan to transform cable television. No, it doesn't involve breaking up big monopolies like Comcast; Wheeler wants to transform the technology at the point where consumers interact with their cable television networks: by unlocking the cable box.
Three stories hit the news on Monday in separate publications, concerning three different but interrelated subjects -- advertising, entertainment, and the IT backbone of the Internet. Taken together, they represent a tipping point in a trend we've seen building for a decade. Welcome to the era of cord cutting.
Some common attitudes in our culture are pretty evident to anyone: Go out anywhere and strike up a conversation about mobile tech and the internet, and you'll discover most people love their devices, but have no love for the companies that provide service to them. This week, the American Consumer Satisfaction Index confirmed everyone's suspicions: we love our smartphones, but hate subscription TV and ISPs.