Legislators push for cable box payment reform - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Legislators push for cable box payment reform

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Legislators push for cable box payment reform (WFSB) Legislators push for cable box payment reform (WFSB)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Cable television is expensive and many people pay a lot of money for it.

Some said they feel they shouldn’t have to pay for a device just to watch cable television.

There are some people calling a fee charged by the cable companies on their boxes a scam.

Customers pay for service and then pay an additional fee for those boxes needed to rent to watch cable.

"American households pay on average $231 each year in set-top rental fees,” said a new study commissioned by Senators Ed Markey and Richard Blumenthal, which was reported in the Washington Post.

They said they feel customers should not be forced to rent video boxes from their television providers, and anyone who cancels their service or moves could ultimately pay huge penalties like several hundred dollars.

"Consumers are really held hostage by this scam - I hesitate to use that word but it really is without any real value to the consumer,” Blumenthal said.

He added that he thinks fees should end and there could be some legislation to that effect.

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