- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A Missouri-based cable TV provider with more than 1 million subscribers in 16 states is dropping two dozen channels owned by Viacom Inc. in a dispute over a proposed fee increase.

Suddenlink Communications says it will pull Comedy Central, MTV, BET, Nickelodeon and other channels from its lineup on Wednesday if it can’t reach a deal with Viacom.

Viacom said in a statement late Tuesday that Suddenlink rejected its own price increase proposal, turning its back on a long-standing partner and ignoring the needs of its paying customers.

Suddenlink serves cable subscribers in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

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