Press Release of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer

For Immediate Release:
August 12, 2013  
Contact:
Washington D.C. Office (202) 224-3553

Boxer, Feinstein Urge Time Warner Cable and CBS to Resolve Dispute  

Currently, Millions of Residents in Los Angeles and Nationwide Are Unable to Receive Programming They Have Paid to Access

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein (both D-CA) sent a letter to Glenn Britt, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Time Warner Cable, and Leslie Moonves, President and Chief Executive Officer of CBS Corp., urging both parties to resolve the dispute that has blocked consumers across the country from receiving programming they have paid to access.

“Millions of customers in the Los Angeles area and throughout the country have subscribed to receive the programming CBS networks create and Time Warner Cable distributes, but are unable to access it because of this standoff,” the Senators wrote in their letter. “The status quo is unfair to the millions of your customers who are caught in the middle of your dispute, and we strongly encourage both sides to resolve it immediately.”

Negotiations between the two companies reached an impasse 11 days ago.

The full text of the letter follows:

August 12, 2013

Glenn Britt
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Time Warner Cable

Leslie Moonves
President and Chief Executive Officer
CBS Corporation

Dear Mr. Britt and Mr. Moonves:

It has now been 11 days since retransmission consent negotiations between your two corporations reached an impasse.

Millions of customers in the Los Angeles area and throughout the country have subscribed to receive the programming CBS networks create and Time Warner Cable distributes, but are unable to access it because of this standoff.

The status quo is unfair to the millions of your customers who are caught in the middle of your dispute, and we strongly encourage both sides to resolve it immediately.

Sincerely,

Barbara Boxer
United States Senator

Dianne Feinstein
United States Senator

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