On Thanksgiving Thursday, some football fans in Massachusetts and Rhode Island had to scramble to find alternative ways to watch the Eagles-Cowboys game when the local Fox station, WFXT-TV, went dark on Verizon FiOS at 3 AM, affecting 400,000 customers. The culprit: an ongoing retransmission fee dispute between Verizon and Cox Media Group. Today, Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass), a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, weighed in on the issue. Here’s his statement:
“For many Massachusetts consumers, Black Friday was preceded by blackout Thursday and could be followed by further programming blackouts until Cox Media Group and Verizon come to agreement. That’s not right — the consumer shouldn’t be caught in the middle. I urge both sides to continue working to resolve this dispute so consumers can access all of the programming they have paid for and expect from their video provider.”
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