By Daniel Frankel, NextTV, 3-14-24

By a 3-2 party-line vote, the Federal Communications Commission on March 14 approved a report and order that would require cable and satellite pay TV operators to publish in their advertising and on customer bills the actual total price of their video service, so-called junk fees included.

The FCC’s new “all-in pricing” order will “require cable operators and DBS providers to state the aggregate cost of video programming … if a price is included in those promotional materials, and on subscribers’ bills,” the FCC said in a fact sheet published in February.

Not surprisingly, the cable industry pushed back on the FCC’s order.  “Today’s misguided action will not help consumers and will only add confusion from government-imposed ad requirements,” NCTA – The Internet & Television Association said in a statement.  » Read More