Politicians Respond to the Fox/Cablevision Battle

Elected officials are already getting involved in the latest cable retransmission battle

Last Updated: October 18, 2010 @ 8:35 PM

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.

Letter from Congressman Ed Markey to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, 10/16/10:

"This is not only contrary to the commission's Broadband Internet Policy Statement of 2005, which states, in part, that ‘…consumers are entitled to access the lawful Internet content of their choice.'

"The tying of cable TV subscription to access to Internet fare freely available to other consumers is a very serious concern. Consumers are losing their freedom to access the Internet content of their choice — through no fault of their own — and this is patently anti-consumer."

New York State Senator Jose R. Peralta, 10/17/10:

“On behalf of the millions of hard-working men and women and their families who simply want to relax and enjoy a ballgame, or have a few laughs watching television during their free time — a luxury they’ve paid for — I urge that programming be restored immediately while negotiations continue.

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."