Politicians are increasingly involving themselves in the retransmission battle between Fox and Cablevision.
In the past week, several elected officials have weighed in the controversy. Here's a sampling of their responses.
N.J. Governor Chris Christie, 10/18/10:
“I have a real concern about the way they are conducting themselves."
N.J. Senators Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez, 10/18/10:
"Because FOX has been unwilling to keep its signal on while the parties continue to negotiate, approximately 3 million Cablevision subscribers in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut are left without access to these broadcast channels, and the local news, sports, and other programming they offer. We ask that the FCC take immediate action to move the parties to a prompt resolution of this dispute and to minimize the impact of future disputes.
"Unfortunately, the FOX and Cablevision dispute is not an isolated incident. Disputes between broadcasters and video providers appear to be increasing …. We are deeply troubled that consumers are repeatedly being used as pawns in these programming disputes … The FCC also needs to reexamine its existing regulations for retransmission consent negotiations."