California DMV television ads make millions for Connecticut company that dominates US market

pressdemocrat | October 22, 2019

Hundreds of flat-screen televisions in California DMV offices the type that show customer appointment numbers have helped one company pocket millions of dollars in recent years while facing no competition. The extent of the company’s revenue and reach was revealed through a series of recently released public records, and separate lobbying documents that show how the company helped craft the law that allowed it to corner the market. The Motor Vehicle Network, a Connecticut-based private company founded about 25 years ago, provides flat-screen television screens at DMV offices across California. Those screens display customer queue numbers, as well as public service announcements. But they also display commercial advertising, and the Motor Vehicle Network keeps every penny of that advertising revenue.

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