KTUU says it reached agreement with GCI


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An NBC affiliate says it has reached an agreement with Alaska's largest telecommunications company that will return its programming to rural communities just in time for the Winter Olympics.

Anchorage station KTUU says its rural programming was resuming Thursday after it reached a multiyear contract with General Communication Inc.

GCI dropped KTUU from its rural broadcasts in November following a breakdown in contract negotiations.

KTUU announced the contract agreement in a statement Thursday. It says KTUU and GCI had earlier agreed on rates, but disagreed on "final contract language that affected future partnerships and purchases of television stations in Alaska."

KTUU was among companies that unsuccessfully challenged GCI's purchase of three television stations in Anchorage, Juneau and Sitka.

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