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 previously reported by The everyday beast. In a post on its website, Verizon explains that as of July 31, viewers will no longer be able to access OAN.
“Our negotiations with OAN were a typical, business-as-usual coach negotiation that routinely takes place between content distributors and content providers,” Verizon said in a statement to The everyday beast. “These negotiations were focused on economics, as they always are, but OAN failed to reach fair terms.” Verizon did not immediately respond to The edge‘s request for comment.
OAN, which is owned by California-based Herring Networks, has faced criticism for allegedly “suffering from conspiracy theories and falsehoods.” In 2020, YouTube suspended the network’s channel after it promoted a fake drug for COVID-19. OAN also became the subject of a defamation lawsuit filed by electronic voting system company Dominion over false allegations that its machines interfered with the 2020 US election. Smartmatic, another voting systems company, has 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 spin-off 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 “bent on political pressure” and could potentially result in the network shutting down. Now that both Verizon and DirecTV have dropped OAN, the channel doesn’t have a major broadcasting platform in the US — OANs are now only available to stream online or on select local stations.