Verizon Fios is the latest carrier to drop the One American News (OAN) network, a move that leaves the right-wing news channel without a major carrier, as reported earlier by The Daily Beast. In a notice on its website, Verizon explains that viewers will no longer have access to OAN as of July 31.
“Our negotiations with OAN have been typical, business-as-usual carriage negotiations such as those that routinely occur between content distributors and content providers,” Verizon said in a statement to The Daily Beast. “These negotiations were focused on economics, as they always are, but the OAN was unable to agree to fair terms.”[ads1]; Verizon did not immediately respond The Vergeits request for comment.
OAN, which is owned by California-based Herring Networks, has faced criticism for allegedly “peddling conspiracy theories and falsehoods”. In 2020, YouTube suspended the network’s channel after it promoted a fake cure for COVID-19. OAN was also the subject of a defamation lawsuit filed by electronic voting system company Dominion over false claims that its machines interfered with the 2020 US election. Smartmatic, another voting system company, ordered OAN and other conservative stations to retract their claims of voter fraud.
Last year, 16 civil rights, human rights and media justice groups signed a letter urging DirecTV to drop OAN, which it eventually did. The AT&T spinoff decided not to renew its contract with OAN in January and officially dropped the channel in April. OAN responded by suing DirecTV and AT&T, claiming the companies were “bowing to political pressure” and could potentially lead to the network’s shutdown. Now that both Verizon and DirecTV have dropped OAN, the channel is without a major broadcast platform in the US – OAN is now only available for streaming online or on select local stations.