NJ State Senator Wants Retrans Impasse Refund


New Jersey state Senator Tom Goodwin wants Cablevision to reimburse its customers for the ongoing channel blackouts due to the Fox/Cablevision retransmission-consent dispute.

While most of the legislative input has focused on keeping signals on the air or encouraging outside arbitration, Goodwin instead asked the cable operator to compensate his constituents for lost channels.

"The ratepayers in my district and across the state are being held hostage by these negotiations and are being deprived of the services they pay for. I ask that you reimburse Cablevision customers for each day that they are denied these channels," said Goodwin in a letter to Cablevision president and CEO James Dolan.

Goodwin described himself as a lifelong Phillies fan and Cablevision customer.

Cablevision customers have not been able to see the Phillies playoff games on their system since Oct. 16.