Business TV FAQ

What is this Broadcast TV Surcharge that has been added to my bill?

What is this Broadcast TV Surcharge that has been added to my bill?


The Broadcast TV Surcharge reflects a portion of the rapidly escalating charges levied by the owners of your local broadcast TV stations, including NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox and others. The retransmission consent fees that local broadcast TV stations charge Sparklight Business to carry their channels have increased dramatically over the past several years and we expect them to increase substantially again in 2018. This is despite the fact that broadcast TV stations use spectrum granted to them for free by the federal government, and customers can pick these signals up for free with an antenna. Despite our best efforts to control these dramatically increasing retransmission consent fees, Sparklight Business, like other cable and satellite companies, can no longer continue to absorb these increased costs, and must pass a portion along to our customers.

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