In a letter to the PSC Chairman, the consumer groups point to insufficient notice given by New York City for comment and the public hearing on its agreement with Verizon for the proposed franchise, and to importance of franchise conditions for consumers in the coming years. The letter states:
The Verizon-New York City agreement is a first-of-its-kind agreement that will shape the cable marketplace in New York City for many years to come, and is likely to influence future cable franchise agreements in municipalities throughout the state. The magnitude of this agreement, stretching far beyond the reaches of New York City’s five boroughs, demands full public consideration and review at the state level.The letter also seeks the opportunity for comment on a May 22, 2008 protective order issued by the PSC Chairman restricting public access to portions of Verizon's application. The consumer groups include Common Cause NY, Consumers Union, New York Public Interest Research Group, and People's Production House.
During the requested public comment period before the PSC, it would be the intention of the undersigned organizations to offer substantive suggestions regarding Public, Education and Government channels, as well as a range of important consumer protection issues.