The FCC enacted mandatory net-neutrality regulations in 2010, but the rules cover Internet service providers, not content producers like CBS.
Sen. Ed MarkeyEd MarkeyThe Hill’s Whip List: Where Dems stand on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Overnight Regulation: Senate moves to strike Obama-era internet privacy rules Overnight Tech: Senate votes to eliminate Obama internet privacy rules | FCC chief wants to stay out of 'political debate' on fake news | Wikileaks reveals new CIA docs MORE (D-Mass.) made similar complaints about CBS to the FCC on Monday, and Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) said she plans to review the laws governing video distribution.
Time Warner Cable and CBS were unable to reach an agreement for how much the cable company should pay to carry the network. As a result, millions of Time Warner customers in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and other markets lost access to CBS beginning on Friday night.
The dispute also led CBS to block access to its online videos for Time Warner Cable subscribers. The Internet blackout affects subscribers throughout the country, even if they do not subscribe to Time Warner for TV service.
"As soon as CBS is restored on Time Warner Cable systems in affected markets, that content will be accessible again," CBS said in a statement.
Neil Grace, an FCC spokesman, said the commission is "disappointed" that the companies were unable to reach an agreement.
"Our primary concern remains with consumers and viewers in the affected markets. We urge all parties involved to resolve this situation as soon as possible,” Grace said.