For Immediate Release
Washington, DC â€“ The acrimonious standoff between Time Warner Cable and CBS over retransmission has left millions of paying customers in a complete channel blackout; the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL) would like to remind industries that consumers should not be negatively impacted during retransmission consent negotiations. NHCSL urges both parties to reach an amicable agreement while keeping the best interest of consumers in mind. The millions of Time Warner Cable customers experiencing blackouts and blocked access to the CBS.com website are being held hostage as a result of a dispute they did not initiate. While discussions continue between Time Warner Cable and CBS, NHCSL speaks on behalf of those communities suffering from the repercussions of this debate.
President of NHCSL, State Representative Minnie Gonzalez (CT) stated, â€śIt is important for our constituents to enjoy and have access to the services they pay for. Many individuals use internet sites like CBS.com to stay connected to their favorite shows.â€ť Representative Gonzalez added, â€śPlacing these consumers in jeopardy with the concern of increased fees and blackouts from disagreements between pay TV companies and content providers is unjust. I strongly urge action to be taken that would protect consumers from unexpected blackouts and loss of services.â€ť
NHCSL also calls on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to intervene and take action to improve the rules of retransmission agreements in order to protect consumers from the threat of interrupted services.
The NHCSL is the premier national association of Hispanic state legislators working to design and implement policies and procedures that will improve the quality of life for Hispanics throughout the country. NHCSL was founded in 1989 as a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with the mission to be the most effective voice for the more than 340 Hispanic legislators. For more information visit www.nhcsl.org.