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Minnesota Cable Group Urges Mediacom-Sinclair Action

1/18/2007 9:29 AM Eastern

The Minnesota Cable Communications Association Thursday urged the state’s congressional delegation to press for binding arbitration to resolve Mediacom Communications’ retransmission-consent dispute with Sinclair Broadcast Group.

The trade group alleged that cable customers in small rural markets will face an increase in their cable bills if Mediacom can’t come to a reasonable agreement with Sinclair.

“No television viewer should be subjected to any form of discriminatory pricing practices, but that’s where we’re heading,” MCCA executive director Michael Martin said in a letter to the delegation.

Sinclair owns WUCW in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn. Sinclair pulled 22 of its TV stations from Mediacom Jan. 6.

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