TDS delivers letter to FCC about Nexstar negotiations

TDS outlined numerous retransmission negotiation objections and highlighted customer concerns as a result of the egregious negotiation tactics used by Nexstar Media Group.

In a letter delivered to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai and his fellow commissioners today, TDS Telecom (TDS®) outlined numerous retransmission negotiation objections. The company also highlighted concerns TDS customers are currently experiencing as a result of the egregious negotiation tactics used by Nexstar Media Group.

TDS is actively working to reach a fair agreement with Nexstar; however, Nexstar refuses to allow TDS to broadcast the channels until an agreement is reached. This is impacting TDS customer’s access to local news, weather, and marquee television events such as the NFL playoffs.

TDS has negotiated fairly on behalf of video customers and offered Nexstar its best offer—one that includes a reasonable price increase. Nexstar is continuing to demand rates that are well outside industry norms – now up to a 129% increase over existing prices. TDS is seeking reasonable rates to protect customers.

In addition to the letter to FCC, TDS President and CEO Jim Butman issued a video statement today that speaks directly to TDS customers about the matter. As Butman explains, while Nexstar would like you believe that TDS is at fault, however, “removing channels was not our choice.” In reality, TDS is resisting an outrageous rate increase that would ultimately impact TDS customers and their pocketbooks.

Locally, TDS is providing its customers suggestions to watch this weekend’s NFL games and also how to view CBS, CW, local newscasts and additional shows. TDS has posted these suggestions on their local blog

Media Contact: Missy Kellor | TDS Telecommunications LLC | 608-664-4836 | missy.kellor@tdstelecom.com

TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS Telecom/TDS®) delivers high-speed internet, TV entertainment, and phone services to nearly 900 rural, suburban, and metropolitan communities across the U.S. With more than 1.2 million connections, TDS is one of the fastest growing technology companies in the United States. Powered by fiber-optics and new industry-leading technologies, TDS delivers up to 1 Gigabit internet speeds and offers internet-protocol based TV entertainment solutions along with traditional phone services. TDS also offers businesses VoIP advanced communications solutions, dedicated internet service, data networking, and hosted-managed services. Visit tdstelecom.com.

TDS Telecom, headquartered in Madison, Wis., employs nearly 2,700 people and is a subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS], a Fortune 1000® company. Founded in 1969, TDS Inc. employs 9,600 people and has approximately six million connections nationwide through its businesses U.S. Cellular, TDS Telecom, OneNeck IT Solutions LLC, and TDS Broadband Service. In 2018, TDS Inc. was named to several Forbes lists, including America's Best Employers for Diversity, Best Large Employers, and Best Employers for Women. Visit tdsinc.com.

Updated November 2018

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