FCC to enact March on guidelines for ‘all-in’ cable television and satellite prices

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FCC finalizes rules for 'all-in' cable and satellite pricing

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WASHINGTON â $” A federal customer security guard dog company on Wednesday revealed that it will be voting on guidelines that will need cable television and satellite companies to show an “all-in” rate for video programs on customers’ costs and advertising products.

The Federal Communications Commission’s last guidelines are anticipated to be mainly comparable to those the company at first proposed in 2015. The commission prepares to vote on a last variation of the guidelines throughout its upcoming March 14 open conference.

“We’re working to make it so the advertised price for a service is the price you pay when your bill arrives,” FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel stated in a declaration Â

“Not only will this reduce cost confusion and make it easier for consumers to compare services, but this proposal will also increase competition among cable and broadcast satellite providers through improved price transparency,” stated Rosenworcel.

The commission enacted December to embrace a proposition to prohibit cable television and satellite business from charging early termination costs.

The company is likewise preparing to impose a brand-new labeling format for broadband web service companies, beginning in April.

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The FCC guidelines to be voted on next month are the current in a string of brand-new policies throughout the federal government focused on removing what the Biden administration has actually identified “junk fees,” undefined or last-minute expenses credited customers, typically at the end of an online deal.

It is likewise a cause that President Joe Biden has actually long supported.

“Too often, these companies hide additional junk fees on customer bills disguised as ” broadcast television” or ” local sports” fees that in reality pay for no additional services,” Biden stated in a June 2023 declaration on the proposed FCC guideline.

“These fees really add up: according to one report, they increase customer bills by nearly 25% of the price of base service,” stated Biden.

Correction: The FCC revealed Wednesday it will be voting to complete rate disclosure guidelines for video programs services. An earlier variation mischaracterized the action.

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