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What's Really Driving Cable TV Price Increases? Waitsfield Cable Wants You To Know

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Every three years, cable television providers throughout the country are required by law to negotiate with local broadcasters (ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC) for the rights to retransmit broadcast television signals to their cable customers. For the past several months, Waitsfield Cable has been in negotiations with these broadcasters for retransmission consent fees. Even though these over the air signals are broadcast free to the general public, cable television providers must pay what we view as excessive per subscriber monthly fees for the right to carry these networks.

A combination of factors has led to this unfortunate situation. Most notably, outdated and overly prescriptive federal laws and regulations have granted the broadcasters both a monopoly in their markets and the right to demand payment for their signals. The rules have given broadcasters extraordinary market power in their retransmission consent negotiations with cable operators, allowing them to make what can be viewed as “take-it-or-leave-it” deals.

In this process, it is not unusual for the broadcasters to discriminate against small cable operators. Independent providers, like Waitsfield Cable, are often charged higher per-subscriber fees than their local competitors, which include large operators and satellite TV providers with national reach. The broadcasters take advantage of our need to carry these local stations for our subscribers and their effective monopoly in the television market by demanding as much as they can.

We know you want a good value. When networks demand huge fee increases, we work to get the best offerings at the best price possible so we can keep your bill as low as possible. Waitsfield Cable strives to do our best to negotiate fair fees so we can bring you the most affordable television service possible. However, we are facing big challenges. Consolidation among the major networks means they have even more negotiating power. These media conglomerates are demanding significant fee increases. The vast majority of your monthly cable bill pays for programming. We will be faced with two options — pay the exorbitant fees or lose the network(s) on our channel lineup through a “blackout.”

As a result, Waitsfield Cable will be forced to raise the rates of our TV packages to cover the expected fee increases from the networks. We will update you as this process continues and work diligently on your behalf to keep costs down. We urge you to reach out to your local Congressional delegation to voice your concern on this matter.

Senator Patrick Leahy
Montpelier Office
87 State Street, Room 338
Montpelier, VT 05602
(802) 229-0569

Senator Bernard Sanders
1 Church Street, Suite 300
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 862-0697

Representative Peter Welch
128 Lakeside Avenue, Suite 235
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 652-2450

Thank you for being a customer of Waitsfield Cable and please don't hesitate to call us at 496-5800 or
email us at csdept@waitsfieldcable.com with any questions you may have.

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