The American Cable Association, American Television Alliance and consumer group Public Knowledge are among those calling on the Federal Communications Commission to intervene in the standoff over retransmission-consent fees between CBS and Time Warner Cable that has resulted in a blackout for the cable provider's customers in New York, Los Angeles and other markets. Of special concern is CBS' move to deny online access to its content to Time Warner Cable's broadband customers, a decision that "crossed the line from hardball tactics to outright abuse of consumers," according to Public Knowledge.

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