Cablevision: Customers 'demanding' FCC to act

Cablevision issued a statement on Wednesday suggesting that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is not doing enough to resolve its dispute with Fox Networks, which has left about 3 million Cablevision subscribers in the New York area without access to Fox channels.

A Cablevision spokesman, in a statement:

"The FCC is the government agency charged with protecting television consumers and oversight of broadcast licenses. We do not understand how protecting and interceding on behalf of TV viewers in 3 million blacked-out households in the Northeastern United States does not fall under the FCC's purview. The FCC has the facts and our customers are demanding that the FCC act."

The FCC had previously responded without enthusiasm when Cablevision's chief executive offered to visit FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski to discuss the issue. 

Cablevision has said it welcomes government intervention. Fox might benefit more from a private negotiation process, because the power to withhold its programming is a strong bargaining chip.