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US cable subscribers are still being 'ripped off' by creeping price increases

Accepted submission by Phoenix666 at 2020-05-28 12:45:46
Techonomics

The Register [theregister.co.uk]:

In many ways it’s a rite of passage in America: being ripped off by your cable company and trying to figure out how they did it. Now a lawsuit against Charter Communications is seeking to uncover just that.

The biggest scam of all – pressuring or forcing subscribers to “rent” the clunky, technologically outdated cable box at a greatly inflated price – is still in place, despite a brief effort [theregister.co.uk] by the FCC in 2016 to shut it down.

And then there are hidden costs – such as “broadcast TV fees” and “regional sports fees” – raking in tens of millions of dollars in pure profit for unscrupulous cable companies, despite Consumer Reports focusing [consumerreports.org] on the topic for a number of years, and now Congress even starting to pay attention.

Are the cable companies to blame, or the sports and movie channels that are charging more?


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