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Press Release

PTC Responds to Verizon FiOS Slim Bundle Announcement

By: Kelly Oliver

Release Date: 4/17/2015

The Parents Television Council responded to the Verizon FiOannouncement that the company will offer a few smaller packages of cable channels that cost less than the regular cable package.

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“Verizon’s announcement is a baby step in the right direction towards allowing more consumer choice. But customers will still be forced to buy in groups of 10-17 channels, and that isn’t the kind of choice consumers want. Every step – however small – that is taken in a positive direction should be celebrated. We fear that this will end up being only the latest camouflaged attempt by the cable industry at providing more choice, when, in fact, the choice is negligible,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

“Consider a magazine analogy: under Verizon’s plan, in order to buy Golf Digest, you’d also have to purchase at least nine other magazines in a group. Such a proposition would be absurd, but that is the model being suggested in today’s announcement. More can and must be done. We urge the cable industry, as well as our federal regulators who have oversight, to follow Canada’s footsteps and provide real consumer cable choice.”

The Parents Television Council® ( is a non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment. It was founded in 1995 to ensure that children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence and profanity on television and in other media.

This national grassroots organization has more than 1.4 million members, and works with television producers, broadcasters, networks and sponsors in an effort to stem the flow of harmful and negative messages targeted to children.

The PTC™ also works with elected and appointed government officials to enforce broadcast decency standards. Most importantly, the PTC produces critical research and publications documenting the dramatic increase in sex, violence and profanity in entertainment. This information is provided free of charge so parents can make informed viewing choices for their own families.

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To speak with a representative from the Parents Television Council, please contact Kelly Oliver at (703) 307-9404 or email at