Senators Ask For FCC Intervention in Cablevision Spat


U.S. Sens. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) called on the Federal Communications Commission to pull out all the stops to resolve the ongoing carriage dispute between Fox Networks and Cablevision Systems.
Cablevision carriage dispute completed its third day without a resolution Monday, with both sides showing little optimism for a quick resolution.
In a letter to FCC chairman Julius Genachowski, Lautenberg and Menendez asked the agency to "exercise all of its available authority to promptly resolve the Fox and Cablevision dispute."
The letter noted that the FCC had previously asked the parties to submit to third party arbitration. The Senators asked that the agency redouble their effort to get the parties back to the negotiating table.
"We ask that you immediately invite representatives from both parties to meet with you and other FCC officials in order to reenergize and resolve these negotiations," the letter stated.