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Letters to the Editor

December 11, 2011

LTE - 4 letters on Cable One story

DUNCAN — If channels go, it’s time viewers raise a ruckus and be heard

To the Editor,

I would like to add a “ditto” to the letters in (Tuesday’s) paper about CableOne not working out a suitable contract with the Oklahoma City stations.

CableOne has taken it upon themselves to decide which channels we should watch and that is simply not the American Way.

If CableOne would just use some common sense they would know why it is so important for Oklahomans to have Oklahoma weather, sports and government.

If CableOne can’t work out suitable contracts with the Oklahoma City stations then it is time for our City Council to get another cable carrier.

CableOne removed Channel 5 from our viewing capabilities a couple of years ago and Duncan didn’t raise a ruckus, but this is too much.

Judy Tomlinson

Duncan

 

Congressman Cole: Consumers should petition for change

To the Editor,

I’d like to thank the residents of Ada, Ardmore, Duncan and surrounding areas for your efforts to maintain access to Oklahoma City television stations. The ability to view local Oklahoma news is vital, and in the case of severe weather, essential.

When I learned of CableOne’s decision to drop Oklahoma City network affiliates from its channel line-up, my office contacted the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Under the terms of the 1992 Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act, the FCC is the only body with authority to grant the market modification that would be necessary to transfer communities in southwest Oklahoma from the Sherman, Texas media market to the Oklahoma City media market.

Related FCC rules specify that the Commission will only consider market modification petitions that are initiated by a broadcast station or a cable system and that contain evidence that meets the legal standards necessary for a market modification.

Under this system, members of Congress and other elected officials have no authority to override the business decisions of private companies, which — many of us would agree — is as it should be. CableOne has unfortunately made the decision that it will not pay increased fees to carry Oklahoma City affiliates.

City officials and concerned citizens in Ada, Duncan and Ardmore are working to persuade CableOne and the affected Oklahoma City broadcasters to begin the petition process, which is the only legal recourse. I applaud their efforts and thank all those who have contacted me regarding this important issue.

 

Tom Cole

U.S. Representative

Oklahoma District 4

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