Matsui Urges AT&T and Tegna to Settle Dispute

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WASHINGTON, D.C., December 10, 2020 | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) sent a letter to John Stankey, CEO of AT&T and Dave Lougee, President and CEO of Tegna, urging them to come to a swift agreement in their ongoing carriage dispute.

AT&T and Tegna failed to reach a new agreement on December 1st, resulting in more than 60 stations lost on AT&T-owned platforms – including KXTV in Sacramento.

The full text of the letter is below and here:

Dear Mr. Stankey and Mr. Lougee:

I write to express significant concern about the ongoing carriage dispute between

DirecTV/AT&T U-verse and Tegna. As a result of this dispute, many Sacramentans are currently unable to access KXTV. It is crucial that both parties continue good-faith negotiations to resolve this carriage blackout immediately.

Currently, the carriage blackout is preventing Sacramentans from receiving important updates about their community. As COVID-19 cases increase throughout California and the country, access to timely and accurate information about the Sacramento region is a public health imperative. A local television station blackout in the midst of a public health crisis is harmful and must be resolved as quickly as possible.

I urge you to continue good-faith negotiations until an agreement is reached. A protracted carriage blackout in the middle of a public health crisis is unacceptable and a swift resolution is needed.

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