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Atlantic Broadband, Inc.
Type Private
Founded 2004 in Quincy, Massachusetts, USA
Headquarters United States Quincy, Massachusetts, USA
Key people David J. Keefe
CEO
Industry Telecommunications
Products Cablecasting, Broadband Internet, VoIP
Employees 650
Website www.atlanticbb.com

Atlantic Broadband is one of the top 20 cable operators in the United States with 250,000 customers and 500 employees. The company services the regions of: Western Pennsylvania, Parts of West Virginia, Miami Beach, parts of South Carolina and Maryland/Delaware, as well as a small portion of Cattaraugus County, New York that is not covered by Time Warner. The company is a privately owned corporation headquartered in Quincy, Massachusetts, USA.[1]

Retransmission disputes

The Cattaraugus County division of Atlantic Broadband has seen several television disputes with the stations in the Buffalo, New York market. In December 2007, WIVB-TV claimed that Atlantic Broadband is distributing WIVB's signal without "the authority to do so;"[1] Atlantic Broadband announced it would cease carrying WIVB in favor of WSEE-TV in January 2009 with no effort to reach a deal; however, a deal was reached in January 2009, keeping both WIVB and WSEE on the air there.[2][3] WIVB's sister station, WNLO, was in fact pulled from the lineups, and was not included in the carriage agreement.

WGRZ had a contract dispute with Atlantic Broadband as well in December 2006, although a deal was eventually reached.[4]

As a result of the two deals, a special feed of WSEE-DT2, a CW affiliate, is made available for Cattaraugus County. Under terms between WGRZ and Atlantic Broadband, WICU-TV (which, like WGRZ, is an NBC affiliate) is not allowed to be carried in Cattaraugus County. However, WSEE-TV is allowed to be carried, and because the cable provider opts not to carry WNLO, it also can carry WSEE-DT2. The special WSEE-DT2 feed, instead of carrying WSEE newscasts, carries replays of WICU newscasts for Cattaraugus County viewers.

References

  1. ^ Atlantic Broadband Customers. WIVB-TV press release. 19 December 2007.
  2. ^ Holliday, Anne. WIVB Being Pulled from Bradford Lineup. WESB. 22 December 2008.
  3. ^ Channel 4 still on board for Bradford and Salamanca, N.Y. Bradford Era. 31 January 2009.
  4. ^ Schellhammer, Marcie. Quarrel over money may end airing of WGRZ-TV in Bradford. Bradford Era. 26 December 2006.

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