Rep. Zoe Lofgren on Time Warner Cable/CBS Blackout

August 15, 2013
Press Release

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose, Calif.) issued the following statement on the ongoing Time Warner Cable-CBS contract dispute that has resulted in the television blackout of millions of people in markets across the country:

"When contract disputes between cable and content providers arise, it is often customers who bear the brunt of the effects. In a trend that is becoming all too common, the recent blackout between Time Warner Cable and CBS has left millions of customers without access to the programming they were promised.

"I find this increased willingness to hold customers hostage during business negotiations disturbing, and urge Time Warner Cable and CBS to reach a swift resolution. With this blackout entering its third week, it is obvious that the current state-of-affairs is unfair to consumers. It is time we reexamine whether our current laws offer the level of protection they deserve."

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