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Two California Senators Ask CBS and Time Warner to End Blackout

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) have co-written a letter to both CBS Corporation president and CEO Les Moonves and the head of Time Warner Cable Glenn Britt urging the two to end the dispute between their two companies.

The senator’s press release says the fight between the two companies “has blocked consumers across the country from receiving programming they have paid to access.”

“Millions of customers in the Los Angeles area and throughout the country have subscribed to receive the programming CBS networks create and Time Warner Cable distributes, but are unable to access it because of this standoff,”” the Senators wrote. “The status quo is unfair to the millions of your customers who are caught in the middle of your dispute, and we strongly encourage both sides to resolve it immediately.”

Because of the dispute over retransmission fees, Time Warner Cable subscribers in major TV markets like Dalls, New York and Los Angeles can’t watch CBS programming. You can read the full text of the letter after the jump.

Here’s the full text of the letter:

August 12, 2013

Glenn Britt
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Time Warner Cable

Leslie Moonves
President and Chief Executive Officer
CBS Corporation

Dear Mr. Britt and Mr. Moonves:

It has now been 11 days since retransmission consent negotiations between your two corporations reached an impasse.

Millions of customers in the Los Angeles area and throughout the country have subscribed to receive the programming CBS networks create and Time Warner Cable distributes, but are unable to access it because of this standoff.

The status quo is unfair to the millions of your customers who are caught in the middle of your dispute, and we strongly encourage both sides to resolve it immediately.

Sincerely,

Barbara Boxer
United States Senator

Dianne Feinstein
United States Senator

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