Local cable customers could lose channels


Jefferson cable customers could lose such networks as Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and MTV at midnight Tuesday if negotiations between Jefferson Telecom and Viacom don’t improve.

Jefferson Telecom is in negotiations with Viacom concerning several networks. Viacom may pull its networks at midnight.

“Programming fees account for the bulk of our customers’ monthly bills in Jefferson. Our goal is to protect our customers from significant programming fee increases,” Jefferson Telecom General Manager Jim Daubendiek said Monday in a statement.

“Viacom,” he added, “demanded an increase that is 40 times the rate of inflation over last year’s fees for the same channels you get today — even if you don’t watch them.”

Call Jefferson Telecom at 515-386-4141 with any questions.

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