Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities

The Telecommunications and Utilities Committee is responsible for monitoring all segments of the telecommunications and utilities industry in New Jersey. The panel oversees issues affecting cable television, the Internet, public utilities, telecommunications technologies, and the energy industry.
Democratic Research Aide:  Ben A. Graziano   
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Assembly Advances Coughlin, DeAngelo & Vainieri Huttle Legislation Urging Comcast and YES Network to Settle Dispute

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Craig Coughlin, Wayne DeAngelo and Valerie Vainieri Huttle to urge Comcast and YES Network to settle their contract dispute was advanced by the full Assembly, 60-0-6.

The ongoing dispute between the two entities has disrupted nearly 900,000 Comcast subscribers' access to coverage of professional sports games since November.

"Baseball fans - some of whom retain a cable subscription solely to be able to watch these games - ought to receive the service for which they have paid," said Coughlin (D-Middlesex). "They shouldn't have to leave the provider they're familiar with because of a schoolyard fight between multi-million dollar companies."

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Prieto Statement on Comcast's Continuing YES Network Blackout in NJ

Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto Following Comcast's refusal to come to the negotiating table over the YES Network blackout, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson) released the following statement:

"On April 25, I urged Comcast to end its blackout of the YES Network, which has denied more than 600,000 Comcast customers in New Jersey the opportunity to watch the Yankees on TV this baseball season..."

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