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Consolidated urges customers to give feedback

Dickinson-based Consolidated, which operates cable TV services in the city and southwest North Dakota, is in negotiations with Viacom, the parent company to networks like Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and MTV, which may pull its cable channels.

According to Consolidated, Viacom is requesting a fee increase at 40 times the rate of inflation.

The existing agreement expires on Monday. Viacom may turn off their networks on Consolidated’s network until a new agreement is reached.

Programing fees paid to companies is the bulk of cable bills.

Two years ago, national television provided DirecTV went through a similar fight with Viacom, which pulled 17 networks from the satellite provider for 10 days in July 2012.

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Katherine Grandstrand
I graduated from Bemidji State University in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in mass communcations, from Columbia College Chicago in 2009 with a master's degree in journalism.  
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