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Broadcast TV Fee

In recent years, the cost of re-transmitting broadcast television signals has increased significantly, and Fibercast is addressing recent increases through a separate itemized charge called the Broadcast TV Fee. Starting February 1, 2015, the monthly Broadcast TV Fee for Fibercast TV customers will increase to $3.25.

What is the Broadcast TV Fee?

Federal law allows local U.S. broadcast television stations (i.e., affiliates of networks such as CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox, etc.) to negotiate with cable and satellite providers in order to obtain "consent" to carry their broadcast signals (Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992). 

As a direct result of local broadcast, or "network-affiliated," TV stations increasing the rates to Fibercast to distribute their signals to our customers, we will be passing those charges on as a Broadcast TV Surcharge, in the Taxes and Fees section of the billing statement. These local TV signals were historically made available to Fibercast at no cost, or low cost. However, in recent years the prices demanded by local broadcast TV stations have necessitated that we pass these costs on to customers.

Why are you increasing this fee?

Broadcast retransmission costs are impacting all cable and satellite providers. From time to time, we need to increase our pricing to remain competitive.

Do other providers charge this type of fee?

Yes, some other providers charge a similar fee as well.

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