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Television Wisconsin has gone dark on AT&T’s IPTV service, over a retransmission dispute.

madisonThe station oversees the Madison properties owned by broadcasting company Morgan Murphy Media, including WISC-TV, the local affiliate for CBS and Madison Magazine.

It’s not the only blackout for AT&T in the region: this past week, Milwaukee DirecTV customers lost access to the local ABC affiliate, WISN-TV.

A regional AT&T spokesperson told the local Madison paper that WISC-TV is demanding “a significant increase in fees” to carry the local feed.

Television Wisconsin's Tom Keeler also said that his group is a “small-time, family-owned” broadcaster that AT&T is pushing around.

“We're a very small broadcaster that plays a very critical role in the community,” he said. “They undervalue us because we're small, which they've told us directly.”

“We pay a lot for CBS,” he added. “It's not a cheap enterprise, believe me.”

The he-said, she-said is continuing: Keeler said his company offered AT&T a deadline extension, but that AT&T refused; AT&T responded that this is not true.

“All we need is TV Wisconsin's permission and - if that is what they are now offering - we can have this station back in our customers' homes and finalize this agreement privately so no one is bothered, which is what we had always wanted,” the telco said in a statement.