Cárdenas Seeks Signatories to Estrella TV Letter

The Comcast-Estrella TV carriage impasse continues to reverberate in Washington, helped by the interest of Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-Calif.) and his linkage of the dispute to the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger proposal.

Cárdenas has been circulating a "dear colleague" letter to other members of Congress asking them to write the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice, which are vetting the deal, to make sure that independent programmers are not harmed in the making of that meld.

Interested parties had until the end of Thursday (Feb. 12) to sign the letter, but there was no word at press time whether anyone else had done so.

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John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.