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The Berkshire Edge: Markey, Warren, Neal to file legislation forcing Charter to carry Massachusetts stations

Pittsfield — There is finally hope for tens of thousands of exasperated Berkshire County television watchers who could care less about Andrew Cuomo or the latest scandal in the New York State Assembly.

Sen. Ed Markey came to Pittsfield City Hall Friday (Sept. 28) to announce that he and his colleague Sen. Elizabeth Warren are introducing legislation in Washington that would restore some Massachusetts channels to the Charter-Spectrum cable lineup in Berkshire County. U.S. Rep. Richard Neal of Springfield is introducing similar legislation in the House of Representatives. All three are Democrats.

“The lack of access is unacceptable and it makes no sense,” Markey told the 50 media members and public officials who had assembled in the city council chambers. “In the Berkshires, we want to watch Red Sox home runs at Fenway, not Yankee strikeouts in the Bronx.”

State Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli, D-Lenox, gently reminded Markey that there actually are a lot of Yankees fans in Berkshire County.