The fees have rapidly increased in recent years, according to the report. For example, Philadelphia-based Comcast charged consumers $2.50 a month for both the Broadcast TV Fee and Regional Sports Fee in 2015. Those fees combined now cost $18.25 a month, the report said. Similarly, Charter increased its Broadcast TV surcharge three times in the last year, from $8.85 a month in October 2018 to $13.50 a year later.
Cable companies cited rising programming costs to carry content from local network affiliates and other broadcasters, according to the report. For example, the “Broadcast TV Fee” is a non-optional fee that cable companies said helps recoup their cost of obtaining programming from broadcasters……to read more, click here