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Cárdenas: "DOJ Allegations Against AT&T Are Troubling"

Nov 2, 2016
Press Release

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY, CA – Today, Congressman Tony Cárdenas released the following statement in response to the recently announced U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit against DirecTV and its corporate successor, AT&T Inc.

“The allegations made by the Department of Justice against AT&T and DirecTV are troubling. For three years, Dodgers games have been blacked out for everyone in Los Angeles except Charter/Time Warner Cable subscribers. Dodgers fans, and I include myself in that group, deserve to see their home team play. For the good of our Los Angeles baseball tradition, we must find a way to make sure these games are available for the fans who want to watch them at home.”

In July 2014, Congressman Cárdenas led his Los Angeles delegation colleagues in writing a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler asking the FCC to mediate the stalemate between Time Warner Cable and other pay-TV providers that had left thousands of Los Angeles Dodgers fans unable to watch their team from their homes.

Congressman Cárdenas’ June 29, 2016 op-ed in the Los Angeles Daily News called attention to the issue once again and suggested a work-around in which Charter could come to an agreement with a Los Angeles TV station to broadcast a number of games over-the-air.