The National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative will hold rates for its Expanded Basic programming package for IPTV at 2008 levels, citing tough economic times for rural telcos.

The NRTC has more than 70 programming agreements with more than 40 companies, providing NRTC members with more than 350 video and audio channels. The Cooperative’s distribution agreements include rights for telcos to deliver the programming in IP and analog formats over copper, fiber or coaxial cable. In addition to the rights to HD services, the NRTC has acquired rights to the channels’ VOD services, when available.

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