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Letter - Let officials know you support the FAN Act

To the editor: Many football fans in our state already know that big cable companies are taking advantage of consumers and preventing them from watching their favorite football teams. How do they know this? Because they are being charged extra fo...

To the editor:

Many football fans in our state already know that big cable companies are taking advantage of consumers and preventing them from watching their favorite football teams. How do they know this? Because they are being charged extra for the NFL Network or are blocked from watching the channel altogether.

Instead of carrying popular channels like the NFL Network, some cable companies are loading their schedules with cable-owned channels like Versus and the Golf Network, claiming that the NFL Network is just a niche market. Tell that to the 222 million Americans who watched NFL football last season.

The good news is there's a way to resolve these disputes through arbitration so fans can see the programs they want. The FAN (Fair Access to Networks) Act would establish a fast, fair and cheap process so cable companies doing business in our state can't discriminate against channels like NFL Network and hurt consumers in the process.

I hope my state representatives will stand up for consumers and football fans by supporting this common-sense solution. You can let your elected officials know you support the FAN Act by visiting www.iwantmynflnetwork.com .

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Patty Flannery Lucey

Minneapolis, MN

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