Buckeye CableSystem wants to once again assure its customers that we want to continue to carry WNWO, and that we are willing to pay fair compensation to Sinclair Broadcast Group for WNWO's over-the-air signal. In order to come to an agreement, the parties must negotiate with one another, and Buckeye is more than willing to negotiate. The same cannot be said of Sinclair.
Until early February, Buckeye and Sinclair were actively negotiating, including exchanging new offers on February 5, 2014. But less than 48 hours later, Sinclair unilaterally terminated negotiations. In so doing, Sinclair violated one of the few bedrock requirements of good faith retransmission consent negotiations by refusing to negotiate. Sinclair, which claims to serve the public interest as licensee of WNWO, has chosen to abandon its Toledo viewers by refusing to even negotiate with Buckeye. This is a clear violation of the FCC's rules. We continue to fight for our customers, and have asked the FCC to step in and order Sinclair to return to the bargaining table until a deal for carriage of WNWO is reached.
Next year will mark the 50th Anniversary of Buckeye CableSystem. As a locally owned family business, we have invested millions over the last five decades to bring state-of-the-art technology to the community, employ local residents and contribute to the quality of life in our community. We will not rest on our laurels. We will continue to foster innovation in technology and excellence in customer service. Our customers deserve nothing less.
We sincerely regret the inconvenience caused by Sinclair’s refusal to deal with us in a reasonable manner. We also remind you that there are a number of alternative ways to receive NBC programming, including through an off-air antenna which Buckeye CableSystem is providing to its customers free of charge.
We thank you for continuing to allow us to serve you.
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President and General Manager