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airwavz
Always the green wire

join:2011-09-11
Mount Juliet, TN
kudos:1
reply to Streetlight

Re: Newest bill shows new fee - Convenience Fee

You should call the Comcast billing dept and ask what it's for. My last 2 bills have had a 32 cent (yes, $0.32) fee for 'Cable TV Franchise Fee', though I haven't had cable TV in over a year and a half.

Needless to say, I didn't pay it last month (I had to call - twice - to get over $300 in erroneous charges removed) and I'll be calling again this month. But hey, they certainly are being creative in their attempts to pay for that NBC acquisition.

mario02423

join:2004-06-09
Berwyn, IL
said by airwavz:

My last 2 bills have had a 32 cent (yes, $0.32) fee for 'Cable TV Franchise Fee' over a year and a half.

+1'ing this. I had the franchise fee on my Business Class Internet Only account. Had to take it to Corporate Escalation to get it removed.


MSauk
MSauk
Premium
join:2002-01-17
Sandy, UT
reply to airwavz
My fee is .79 cents for the Franchise Fee. Yikes


S1R1US

join:2002-08-25
Clearwater, FL
reply to mario02423
said by mario02423:

said by airwavz:

My last 2 bills have had a 32 cent (yes, $0.32) fee for 'Cable TV Franchise Fee' over a year and a half.

+1'ing this. I had the franchise fee on my Business Class Internet Only account. Had to take it to Corporate Escalation to get it removed.

If my understanding of this fee is correct, it's valid for both of you whether you have cable television or not. I believe it relates to a cost to providers by the city you live in to A, allow them physical access to install/repair equipment on city property and B, provide funding for local channels. 100% of this fee goes straight to the city you live in. It's not a tax like it might sound, but service providers treat it as a tax in the sense that it's a charge incurred on them by an outside entity (government, city, etc), so they simply carry the charge onto customers. It's an optional fee that providers can choose to pass on or not.

I suspect if there are companies who are only just now starting to charge it, they are finding a tight budget in certain areas and recognize the legal advantage of spreading the cost out to us customers. In my opinion, I think it's appropriate.