Resolve tangled legislation between state and federal to actually regulate cable operators
It seems there are big gaps between the regulation of cable operators at the state and federal level and the result is no regulation. Cable companies are allowed monopolies and limited monopolies yet there is no one protecting the customer's interest. Either the taxpayer should be able to choose their operator in a competitive marketplace or the government should be protecting the consumers' interests against loss of service, choice of channels and price gouging. It is unbelievable that only the customers see the bad pattern of a company like Cablevision whose customers 1) have lost service of the YES network, Scripps Networks (Food Network & HGTV) and now potentially ABC because of Cablevisions bully negotiating tactics which result in the channels going dark for months 2) the refusal of Cablevision to negotiate with popular networks like the NFL network because it will weaken its bargaining position in 2012 when exclusivity for the NFL Sunday Ticket expires for DirecTV . 3) Cablevision's granting of HUGE increases (without any fuss) for networks that it owns through subsidiaries (MSG, MSG+, MSG Varsity, Wedding Channel, AMC, Sundance) which has raised Cablevision customers bills with the sole purpose of putting Cablevision in a better bargaining position with other cable/satellite operators like Time Warner or Comcast for the fees they get paid for the transmission of these channels. Why can Cablevision grant huge increases for networks that it financially benefits from but refuses to negotiate increases in good faith for years with companies that it does not financially benefit from: Scripps or ABC. There is something seriously wrong here. Clarity of regulation between the FCC and State level is needed because right now it seems that the FCC and the State are pointing the finger at the other of who should be getting involved when taxpayers are asking for help. The result is no action and companies like Cablevision trample on customers and we have to take it because we are not allowed a choice and have no goverment support.
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Henry M. commented
I agree the cable networks should meet the same guidelines as the public broadcasting outlets. cable provides a much appreciated entertainment component, and now a very viewed service for news and political commentary that is blurred between factually based information and ideology motivated hate or devisiveness regarding United States citizens. The free for all ideological bent is somewhat entertaining but unfortunately is not just political but promotes unlawful actions by citizens without any disclaimer of sources and facts to support an openion televised like news. Lets draft cable and satillite outlets into the realm of responsibility. FCC regulation is now needed corporations and the community oriented masses need a balance.
Judy Baker commented
Make SURE legislation "DOES NO HARM" to community ACCESS TV & Media.......Regulate and impose FINES for HARM done when legislation BLOCKS PUBLIC ACCESS!!!! REVIEW past few years and make RETROACTIVE the correction of HARMFUL legislation which CLOSED Public Access stations and studios!