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American Cable Association President and CEO Matthew M. Polka On Fox Pulling TV Signals From 3 Million Cablevision Customers

PITTSBURGH, October 16, 2010 - "The retransmission consent law has become a federal license for broadcasters to threaten TV station blackouts, actually pull TV station signals and engage in flagrant acts of price discrimination against rural cable customers. This outdated law, passed when Facebook's famous co-founder was just 8-years-old, is a club used by avaricious media giants to pound pay-TV providers into submission. News Corp. -- in a spasm of media power that has left 3 million Cablevision subscribers without regular access to Fox TV signals -- has demonstrated for all to see that federal intervention is necessary to protect consumers from the consequences of broadcasters' darkest tendencies, including the abhorrent practice of charging small cable operators far more per-subscriber than larger pay-TV providers competing in the same local market. By law, Fox is supposed to serve the public interest and not act as an anti-social network."

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