Press Releases

August 19, 2013

REGARDING CONSUMERS UNFAIRLY TARGETED IN CBS / TIME WARNER CABLE DISPUTE

Chicago, IL (August 19th, 2013) – Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. issued the following statement

Violation of consumer rights hits a new time high with CBS now blocking public programming and content to TWC customers.

 

The Rainbow PUSH Coalition is disappointed to hear about yet another dispute over retransmission consent fees.  The ongoing dispute between Time Warner Cable and CBS is unfortunate and continues to needlessly hurt consumers – leaving over 3 million cable customers in major cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Dallas without access to critical programming.

 

President and Founder of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, the Reverend Jessie Jackson, stated, “We have long advocated for a solution that calls for broadcasters and multichannel video providers to resolve retransmission disputes without harming consumers or further distorting the program production marketplace, and we continue to support this policy stance today.”  The Reverend Jesse Jackson added, “With the Internet now being used as a negotiating tool, it is that much more important that we find a solution to this problem.  The blocking of free, public programming on the CBS.com website epitomizes a complete disregard for consumers.  Public programming is supposed to serve our communities, and CBS is taking advantage of Americans by denying them of this right.”

 

The Rainbow PUSH Coalition strongly urges Time Warner Cable and CBS to come to the negotiating table and reach an amicable solution that places greater emphasis on protecting consumers, as well as the viewing rights of America’s most vulnerable populations.  Leaving millions of paying consumers with channel blackouts and Internet blocking is not a solution and fails to protect the public interest.  Consumers deserve better – Americans deserve better.

 

Rainbow PUSH Coalition–Keeping Hope Alive!

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The Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a progressive organization protecting, defending and expanding civil rights to improve economic and educational opportunity.  The organization is headquartered at 930 E. 50th St. in Chicago. For more information about the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, please visit www.rainbowpush.org or call (773) 373-3366.