This past weekend, thousands of Upstate New Yorkers lost access to their local television stations like FOX, ABC and NBC due to an ongoing fight with DirectTV and its parent company, AT&T.
Now Congressman Brindisi is stepping in, calling on AT&T to negotiate in good faith with local broadcasters to continue to deliver local programming to their viewers.
“Local television provides critical programming for folks all across our district,” Brindisi said. “These blackouts are a public safety issue. Many New Yorkers use local television to find out about breaking news, traffic accidents, and important weather events. These blackouts need to end.”
Brindisi sent a letter to local broadcasters and DirecTV’s parent company, AT&T, expressing his frustrations with the blackouts and the lack of progress in negotiations.
Over the 4th of July Holiday, AT&T’s DirecTV stopped carrying WFXV, WPNY, WUTR, WIVT, WGBH, and WSYR. These stations continue to be blacked out for viewers on DirecTV.
Brindisi’s full letter can be seen below: