Just a few months ago, cable monopoly Time Warner tried to pass a bill that would prevent rural communities from providing hi-speed Internet access to their residents. This was especially galling because these are areas that Time Warner won’t even serve because they’re not profitable for the Connecticut-based cable giant. Fiona Morgan’s Independent Weekly article explained the issue in detail.
Now, Time Warner is in another battle with consumers – this time over regional sports programming. Time Warner Cable has refused throughout this baseball season to carry the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN), a regional sports network that televises all the Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles games. Given that the Orioles had been on basic cable for over 20 years, Time Warner has blacked out the national pastime from millions of North Carolinians this year.
MASN has launched a website, Playballnow.org, with a petition to urge fans to stand up to the cable giant by contacting its executives, the FCC and local elected officials. The website also describes the network’s NCAA programming – which appears to feature a number of local colleges, including impressive coverage of ECU and UNCW, among others. Of course, Time Warner Cable has declared that the programming “is of little interest to its customers in North Carolina.”
Sign the petition; stand up to Time Warner.
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