If the DirecTV receiver distribution arrangement is a lease, then it has to have a fixed term...like leasing an apartment, or a car, or any other item. There may be a partial or full prepayment, but there is always an end point to a lease, at which time it either terminates (and the leased item is returned), is renegotiated, or renews. The only other option is an "open end lease" which is exactly how the cable companies rent you their equipment. But really, bottom line, as long as DirecTV maintains ownership of the receivers and we have to pay DirecTV for them, whether it is upfront or monthly, there is an added cost to having the service, beyond the service itself. As far as the spirit of the FCC initiative goes, that is no different than a cable company charging a monthly "rental fee."