- Associated Press - Saturday, March 29, 2014

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - Some Alaskans may be without their MTV next week because of a price dispute involving the state’s largest telecommunications company and media conglomerate Viacom.

GCI is part of a cooperative of independent pay-television operators having a difficult contract negotiation with Viacom.

More than two dozen channels - including MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and CMT - might disappear from the sets of GCI customers if there’s no deal by Tuesday.

Local cable providers in Ketchikan and the Mat-Su area are other Alaska companies involved in the dispute.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (https://is.gd/Ivp7Tc ) the dispute could affect an estimated 130,000 subscribers in Alaska, including 15,000 in the Fairbanks area.

GCI spokesman David Morris says if the Viacom channels do go away, they will be replaced by other programming.

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Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, https://www.newsminer.com


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