FCC to Mediate Verizon, Cablevision Conflict

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Verizon Communications Inc. on Wednesday said it has petitioned federal regulators for access to Cablevision Systems Corp.’s New York area sports programs in high-definition TV.

Verizon, which is wiring New York City with a rival FiOS fiber-optic TV service, filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission alleging that Cablevision won’t sell its Madison Square Garden network sports programming in HD to the phone company.

Verizon said Cablevision has “intentionally and unlawfully” refused to provide access to regional sports programming “on any terms.”

The phone company cited lack of access to HD rights to the New York Knicks, New York Rangers, New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils and Buffalo Sabres games.



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