Congressman Anthony Brindisi on Friday (August 30) praised the ability of leaders from AT&T and Nexstar to reach a deal that now resolves a more than eight-week blackout of various local channels on Time Warner and DirecTV.
AT&T and Nexstar finally announced Thursday (August 29) that they reached a new multi-year deal that allows the return of more than 100 combined stations, including ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC affiliates.
Brindisi was at the forefront of a Congressional push for a deal to be reached.
“Finally, these blackouts have come to an end. When big cable companies stop airing local stations it puts our communities at risk. Many New Yorkers depend on local television to find out about breaking news, traffic accidents, and important weather events. I’m glad to see these stations back on the air, and I will continue working to hold these big cable companies accountable.” -Rep. Brindisi
Earlier this year, Brindisi called on AT&T to negotiate in good faith with local broadcasters, sending 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.
That entire letter to both parties can be viewed HERE.