The Broadcast TV Surcharge reflects a portion of the rapidly escalating charges levied by the owners of your local broadcast TV stations, including NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox and others. The retransmission consent fees that local broadcast TV stations charge Cable ONE Business to carry their channels have increased nearly 90 percent over the past three years – and we expect them to increase another 36 percent in 2018. This is despite the fact that broadcast TV stations use spectrum granted to them for free by the federal government, and customers can pick these signals up for free with an antenna. Despite our best efforts to control these dramatically increasing retransmission consent fees, Cable ONE Business, like other cable and satellite companies, can no longer continue to absorb these increased costs, and must pass a portion along to our customers.
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