The Digital Media Project

 

Source

Philip Merrill

 

Title

TRU #72 to access information about content

No.

040216merrill04

 

Name:

Philip Merrill

Affiliation/additional information:

Active Contributor, Pasadena, California

Date submitted:

2004/02/16

 

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Criteria

Description

1.

Name of TRU

TRU to access information about content

2.

Summary description of TRU

traditionally users have enjoyed the possibility to find descriptions of available content to guide their purchasing/viewing/listening/educational decisions

3.

Use records of TRU

FCC Chairman Powell on Feb 8 said, "consumers should receive meaningful information regarding their service plans. Simply put, such information is necessary to ensure that the market is working. Providers have every right to offer a variety of service tiers with varying bandwidth and feature options. Consumers need to know about these choices as well as whether and how their service plans protect them against spam, spyware and other potential invasions of privacy. "

4.

Nature of TRU

Put forward in a speech by Michael K. Powell, Chairman of the FCC at the Silicon Flatirons Symposium February 8, 2004 http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-243556A1.doc

5.

Benefits of TRU

Recommended for consumers to demand from their choice of broadband service provider

6.

Possible digital support

The support for information about content addresses a number of interests almost simultaneously. For one thing, there is what a home user might want to keep track of privately. There is also most obviously the availability on the device of information about what the device and its associated content are actually costing each consumer, so they can budget their use and avoid "sticker shock".

7.

Requirements

Determine to what extent the specifications for this are part of the RQ phase versus the conformance phase.

Provide support for service plan availability of data.

8.

References