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Down east deal for MASN

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The Mid-Atlantic Sports Network
, which carries the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball, has reached a deal with TriCounty Telecom, a small cable company with about 2,200 customers in parts of Beaufort, Hyde and Washington counties.

Though MASN isn't scheduled to air any more East Carolina men's college basketball games this season, the schedule still includes, here and there, UNC-Wilmington, Liberty (with Stephen Curry's brother, Seth), Gardner-Webb and Charlotte — and an awful lot of Big East games.

Terry Rauple, a spokeswoman for TriCounty Telecom, says the small, member-owned cooperative, based about 60 miles from ECU, had received a lot of requests for MASN. 

TriCounty Telecom offers MASN on channel 58 and MASN2, the sports networks "overflow" programming, on channel 59 of its basic plus package ($39.95 per month).

By the way, no word from the Federal Communications Commission on when the full, five-member commission will take up Time Warner Cable's appeal of the FCC media bureau chief's ruling last fall that TWC had discriminated against MASN by not making it available on a basic or standard tier of service.


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