Cuts coming to cable, satellite bills as regulator axes local TV programming fee

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OTTAWA — A contentious fee charged by many cable and satellite companies to help improve local TV programming is being eliminated.

And the country’s broadcast regulator is forcing companies to stop charging their customers for it.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission says the Local Programming Improvement Fund will be phased out by August 31, 2014.

And it says cable and satellite companies will have to show by this fall how they will remove the fees from customers’ bills or how they will tell customers that they were never required to pay the fees.

The $100 million fund was established in 2009 to support small-and mid-sized local stations.

The plan was paid for by the cable and satellite companies, who promptly passed on fees directly to consumers, who complained in the tens of thousands.

Organizations: Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, Local Programming Improvement Fund

Geographic location: OTTAWA

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Recent comments

  • Petertwo
    July 23, 2012 - 07:42

    And it is taking five years to do this??? Another two where customers are still going to be charged? Where have the "regulators" aka "government" been?

  • a business man
    July 21, 2012 - 11:41

    Good. I have actively complained against the fees simply because I live in a big city and do not need local tv. I am not against the existence of local TV.....I really could care less to be frank. What I am against is ME paying for local TV, when I am fine with national broadcasters. So, I see this as a good thing, even if it leads to the death of local tv. Those who want local TV, and only those people, should be the ones paying for it.

  • ron
    July 19, 2012 - 07:38

    there is a god.