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Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 27, 2008


PTC: Cable Lawsuit Could Pave the Way for Consumer Cable Choice

 

LOS ANGELES (June 27, 2008) – The Parents Television Council™ praised the decision by the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles to allow a case to move forward that is a direct challenge to the lack of cable choice available to consumers.

 

“We applaud the federal court’s decision allowing the class action antitrust suit to proceed to trial on the merits of the complaint.  It is a breath of fresh air to know that cable consumers still have a voice in our court system.  Sadly, the consumer’s voice in Washington DC and elsewhere has been muted by the cable industry’s enormous wallet,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

 

“This lawsuit will directly confront the cable cartel’s anti-competitive and anti-consumer product bundling practices.  Consumers should be allowed to choose and pay for only the cable networks they want, just like they do when they go to a movie at the Cineplex or to buy a magazine at the newsstand.  The cable industry has been defiant in providing choice to consumers and it continues to spend millions to keep its unfair bundling in place.  We hope that this lawsuit will pave the way for real change in the industry.”

 

Consumers can calculate what their cable bill would be if they were allowed to select only the cable networks they want to buy at the PTC’s web site, www.HowCableShouldBe.com.

 

To speak with a representative from the Parents Television Council, please contact Kelly Oliver (ext. 140) or Megan Franko (ext. 148) at (703) 683-5004.

 

 


The Parents Television Council™ (www.parentstv.org®) is a non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment. It was founded in 1995 to ensure that children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence and profanity on television and in other media. This national grassroots organization has more than 1.3 million members across the United States, and works with television producers, broadcasters, networks and sponsors in an effort to stem the flow of harmful and negative messages targeted to children. The PTC also works with elected and appointed government officials to enforce broadcast decency standards. Most importantly, the PTC produces critical research and publications documenting the dramatic increase in sex, violence and profanity in entertainment. This information is provided free of charge so parents can make informed viewing choices for their own families.

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