NY Reps Push Altice USA, Starz to Reach Carriage Deal

Say programming is particularly important to African American community

A couple of Democratic House members from New York are calling on Altice USA and Starz to resolve their carriage dispute, according to a copy of the letter obtained by Multichannel News.

In a joint letter to Altice USA chair Dexter Goei and Starz president Chris Albrecht, Reps. Hakeem Jeffries and Yvette Clarke urged a "mutually agreeable" decision that restored access to such shows as Power to their district's residents.

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The letter from the politicians was, well, politic.

They said that while they understood Altice's need to keep operational costs "at a reasonable level," they also "strongly" understood that Starz had an interest in receiving a fair price for its "quality, diverse programming" that is representative of their constituents' diversity. "This programming is of particular importance to the African American community," they said.

"We urge both sides to engage in good faith negotiations and come to a mutually agreeable resolution," they wrote.

Both are members of the Multicultural Media Caucus.

Starz went dark to Altice USA subs Jan. 1.