TV providers could be forced to provide their total price for the services on bills and in ads under a rule just proposed by the FCC, marking the Biden administration’s continued push against what it calls “junk fees.”
“Today the FCC proposed a rule that would require cable and satellite TV providers to offer consumers honest up-front prices – the latest move by my administration to crack down on unwanted charges, increase transparency and reduce costs for hard-working Americans,” President Joe Biden tweeted Tuesday.
The FCC has said that surprise charges can significantly increase your bill amount over what was originally advertised when you signed up. Items such as “television broadcast charges or regional sports programming surcharge” may appear on your bill as taxes, surcharges and fees, the FCC said.
“This categorization can be potentially misleading and interpreted as a government-imposed tax or fee, rather than a company-imposed service fee increase,” the proposed rule says. “This proposal would require cable and (satellite) providers to clearly and prominently display the full cost of the video programming service.”
The rule would help you avoid surprise charges and also allow you to better compare TV services before signing up.
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“Consumers deserve to know exactly what they’re paying for when they subscribe to cable or direct-to-home satellite,” FCC Chairman Jessica Rosenworcel said in a statement.
The FCC is seeking comments on its proposed rule for the next 30 days.
The Biden administration has also previously aimed to unwanted fees in hotel rooms, concert fees and bankingas well as a new set of rules that would see airlines disclose ‘surprise fees’ up front.
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