Washington, D.C. December 16, 2010 Broadcasters are threatening to blackout millions of viewers across the nation beginning New Year’s Day as retransmission agreements between local network affiliate stations and pay-TV providers expire. Given Congressional concern and the FCC’s recent announcement that it will begin a rulemaking in early 2011 to protect consumers during retransmission consent negotiations, the undersigned call on the broadcasters to declare a moratorium this holiday season on viewer blackouts.
Unless action is taken, viewers could experience blackouts in numerous markets, including Albuquerque/Santa Fe, Baltimore, Biloxi-Gulfport (MS), Birmingham, Boston, Buffalo, Burlington (VT) /Plattsburgh (NY), Cape Girardeau (MO) Charleston (WV and SC), Cincinnati, Columbus (OH), Dayton (OH), Des Moines-Ames, Eugene (OR), Fort Smith (AR), Greensboro/Winston Salem, Harrisburg/Lancaster (PA), Greenville/Spartanburg/Asheville, Honolulu, Jackson (MS), Kansas City, Klamath Falls (OR), Lexington (KY), Louisville (KY), Macon (GA), Milwaukee, Medford (OR), Monterey/Salinas (CA), New Orleans, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Orlando/Daytona, Pensacola/Mobile, Pittsburgh, Portland/Auburn (ME), Raleigh, Rochester (NY), Sacramento/Stockton, San Antonio, Syracuse, Tallahassee, Tampa/St. Petersburg and West Palm Beach/Fort Pierce (FL).
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