This is to make you aware that a broadcast surcharge in the amount of $8.60 will be listed as a line item on your monthly bill beginning June 1, 2015.
This is not a rate increase. Rather, this surcharge is to recoup charges paid to Broadcasters, under an FCC rule called Retransmission Consent. Adopted in 1992, the rule allows broadcasters, including ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox, to either require a cable company like Plantation to carry their signal, or charge a fee for carriage.
Retransmission Consent Fees became a way, at the expense of cable and satellite customers, for broadcasters to recoup advertising revenue losses due to increased viewership of cable and satellite programming networks. Advertisers and their dollars follow viewers. In just 6 years, from 2006 and 2013, Broadcasters Retrans Consent Fees from cable and satellite companies grew by 15 times, from $200 million to over $3 Billion. Plantation Cablevision’s fees, increased 46 fold and now costs us and you, $8.60 per customer, per month, to watch free television.
While broadcast programming is an important ingredient to our channel lineup, it’s also free to everybody over the air. Cable television programming is not available over the air, and we must pay the programmers directly before we distribute it to you.
The Retransmission Consent Rule allows cable and satellite companies to pass this BROADCAST RETRANS surcharge on to the customer as a cost for doing business. And while large cable companies like Comcast and Charter have done this for some time, Plantation Cablevision never has. We believe you need to know, what free TV really cost.
Plantation Cable made a difficult decision to pass this broadcast surcharge on to you so we can maintain the level of service you’ve come to expect, and deserve. At the same time, we’ll also be lowering the monthly basic cost to you by $3.00 from $54.95 to $51.95.
The actual net increase in your monthly bill beginning June 1, will be $5.60.
As one of the few remaining independent, hometown cable television companies, we sincerely hope you’ll understand this price adjustment. We’ll continue to work every day to earn your business by providing the best television, high speed internet, and telephone products available, backed by our outstanding customer service. And as always, we truly appreciate your business.
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