Washington (October 25, 2017) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, today led a group of his Democratic colleagues in calling on Verizon and Univision Communications to settle their retransmission consent dispute that, as of last week, has made Univision unavailable on Verizon’s FiOS platform. The Senators also call on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to take action to bring the parties together so these negotiations can be concluded quickly and fairly.
Other Senators signing the letter include Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Bob Casey (D-Penn.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Ben Cardin (D-Md.).
“This retransmission dispute is particularly serious in light of the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico,” write the Senators in the letter. “As the situation in Puerto Rico changes, access to Spanish-language news programming is crucial.  We believe the public interest would be best served if carriage is restored by the parties at the earliest possible time so that consumers are no longer caught in the middle.”
A copy of the letter can be found HERE.