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Senator critical of NBC’s Olympic Web coverage

A Wisconsin senator is criticizing NBC for its handling of online access to the Vancouver Olympics, calling it restrictive.

(Msnbc.com is a joint venture between Microsoft and NBC Universal.)

Democratic Sen. Herb Kohl wrote NBC Universal Chief Executive Jeff Zucker on Friday to complain about an NBC policy that he says appears to restrict online access to people who subscribe to a pay TV service or who have a provider that is partnered with NBC. He says that policy unfairly restricts others from seeing Olympic events.

Kohl said he doesn't understand why NBC doesn't offer viewers the opportunity to pay directly for online access to Olympic coverage.

He said the nation's largest cable television company, Comcast, is now seeking to acquire NBC and he wonders if this policy is a sign of things to come. NBC had no immediate response.

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