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Amid talk of bully-boy tactics and outrageous behaviour, the latest retrans row in the US has seen Frontier Communications FiOS customers in the Seattle area lose access to Cox Media Group’s KIRO-TV programming.

kiro7 2Jan2018Frontier Communications provides communications services, including video, to urban, suburban and rural communities in 29 US states over its fibre optic and copper networks. At the heart of the row is a refusal by Frontier refuses to agree to Cox Media Group’s demands for large fee increases — claimed to be in excess of 80% — over the next three-year contract period for programmes such as CBS, Get TV and Laff TV. Frontier customers in the Seattle area no longer have access to in these as part of their programming selection.

“Cox’s bullying and heavy-handed blackout tactics hurt consumers,” said Frontier senior vice president video technology and content Steve Ward. “Their demands for an outrageous price increase would have to be passed on to customers in the form of higher monthly service rates. It’s time for Cox to agree to a fair and reasonable solution.”

Frontier says that it will continue its efforts to reach a fair and reasonable agreement so that  Cox restores programming as quickly as possible.