Verizon Fires Back With Pai Letter On Univision Impasse


On Monday evening, the Univision Communications PR team went into full tilt, notifying the world that “entirely without warning,” Verizon dropped all Univision stations from both its FiOs and mobile platforms at 5pm Eastern — the result of a failed negotiation on a new retransmission fee agreement, and Verizon’s unwillingness to further extend Univision’s old agreement.

Words were flung. The CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition chimed in.

Then, on Thursday, Verizon SVP/Public Policy & Government Affairs Kathleen Grillo entered the fray. She did so with a strongly worded letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai stating her company’s case, and defending its actions.

RBR+TVBR OBSERVATION (Full Text Below, for Members Only): Verizon FiOS … who actually subscribes to this service? Where does it even exist, and where it does exist does it have any customers that consume Spanish-language media? We snooped around. Millions are impacted by the loss of Univision’s channels … or are they?

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