Viacom ready to black out millions of rural cable subscribers


ViacomOver 100 years ago, Consolidated Communications was founded as a small, independent telephone company. Over the past century, the business has evolved into a broadband provider of high-speed Internet and advanced digital television serving over 120,000 cable customers across six states. Over the years, we have successfully navigated our way through drastic changes in the industry, and through many negotiated agreements with our TV programmers and partners. I am proud to say that we have always been successful in negotiating a fair deal on behalf of our customers either directly with programmers or through the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC). As a result, we have never experienced a blackout and the NCTC – which has completed hundreds of deals with programmers – also has never been subjected to a blackout. While current negotiations with Viacom have been difficult, we have a lot of faith in the NCTC to negotiate on our behalf and reach an agreement that is fair to all parties including customers, cable companies and programmers.

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