Bye bye, cable guy: New FCC rules will make it easier to toss the cable box and cut the cord

For decades, pay-TV providers have delivered daily programming, premium networks, movies and sporting events to millions of households through a wired plastic box that may soon become as anachronistic as CD player or a VCR.

Today, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission will vote on new rules that, proponents say, will free cable television subscribers from the tyranny of the cable box and allow them instead to search, browse, select and watch programming through devices of their choosing.