Why you should get your cable and satellite bill updated to reflect your new bill
Posted On June 20, 2021
The cable and internet industry has a problem.
Consumers are being forced to pay higher prices for less basic services, and this will only get worse if there’s no regulatory relief for cable and other services.
That’s what FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has been trying to address in a proposal that the agency released today.
It’s called the Fairness in Cable and Internet Act, and it would require cable and broadband companies to give consumers accurate and up-to-date information about the prices they’re charging them.
For example, if Comcast wants to charge you $70 per month for high-speed internet, it would have to tell you that.
The FCC could also force cable and Internet providers to report to the FCC information on all of their fees, including the fees they’re collecting on behalf of their customers.
And it would also require cable companies to inform the public about how their rates work, including when rates increase or decline, what they’re getting paid for each customer, and how much of a percentage of their revenues they’re paying.
The plan has two big benefits.
First, it gives consumers the opportunity to know what they pay for.
Consumers will have the ability to check their bills and compare them to other people.
The goal here is to make it easier for consumers to compare prices, not to punish them for not doing so.
Second, it could help consumers understand how their cable and wireless providers’ fees work, which could help lower costs in the long run.
The Fairness In Cable and Video Act also includes a provision that would require internet service providers to notify consumers about their monthly bill.
This would help people understand how much their service is costing and whether they should pay more or less.
Consumer groups are already expressing their concern about the bill.
The American Cable Association said in a statement that it is concerned about the “unprecedented increase in internet-based taxes, charges, and fees.”
A coalition of consumer groups, however, has also expressed concern that the bill would unfairly penalize those with higher incomes, people with disabilities, and women.
For Comcast, the proposed bill is a step in the right direction, but it won’t solve the cable and telecom industry’s ongoing problems.
As Wheeler noted in his press release, the Fair Rate Act is only one step toward addressing the issues of cable and video.
The commission’s next step will be to take the next step of requiring broadband providers to offer affordable internet.