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Congressman Vicente Gonzalez

Representing the 15th District of Texas

Congressman Gonzalez Writes PBS Regarding Broadcasting Malfunction in South Texas

May 8, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) recently sent a letter to inform the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) that constituents in South Texas have been experiencing prolonged broadcasting lapses from two local PBS stations. McAllen, Texas organization, R Communications Media Group, is currently working to fix the issue and has confirmed the transmitter is malfunctioning.

“PBS brings high quality educational programming and entertainment into our homes every day,” Congressman Gonzalez said.  “I encourage PBS to work with our office to resolve this problem and prevent malfunctions like these in the future. I know many residents in the 15th District of Texas look forward to enjoying PBS programming again soon.”

PBS broadcasts across South Texas through KMBH and COZI TV.

Read the full letter below.

 

May 4, 2018

Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)

2100 Crystal Drive

Arlington, VA 22202

Dear PBS,  

First and foremost, I would like to thank you all for your dedication to consistently providing all Americans with access to informative and educational content. Unfortunately, I am writing to you on behalf of constituents who have reported difficulty receiving the broadcast from the local PBS stations in the Rio Grande Valley, KMBH and COZI TV.

This issue has been specific to the many in South Texas who still rely on antennas to view this station via airwaves. The malfunction was first reported in early February of this year. Officials at R Communications Media Group in McAllen, Texas working on the issue have confirmed that the source of the malfunction is the transmitter.

Although we have engineers in our area working to resolve this issue, I wanted to reach out directly as it has gone on too long. I would appreciate any information regarding how to resolve this issue.

Again, thank you for all that you do. I look forward to working with you to restore service for the many individuals who hold PBS and its commitment to quality programming in high regard. Should you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at (202) 225-2531 or (956) 682-5545

Sincerely,

Vicente Gonzalez

Member of Congress