It seems like ancient history, but it was not really all that long ago that people did not even have the option to get any type of pay TV service. Back then, there were the networks and a few local stations; that was it. Of course, once cable TV began to grow in popularity that all changed. And then you had the option to get satellite TV, which added a bit of competition to the entire industry. It didn’t take long for people to stop treating pay TV like a luxury, but instead like a necessity. Of course, any time that people consider something to be necessary, it does not take long for the providers to start increasing the prices.night-television-tv-theme-machines

For too long, though, the big players in the pay TV industry were able to sit back and do what they want. This kept them nice and happy. But recently, some have noted that lobbyists for the cable TV industry – folks who represent big-time companies, like Time Warner and Comcast – are downright angry. This means, quite obviously, that Washington is putting something together, something that will provide a benefit to consumers instead of the big cable companies. The last time lobbyists got so fired up, the FCC passed net neutrality laws. This time, though, the FCC may be taking on and defeating a huge pay TV scam that has been bilking consumers for many years now.

You have probably heard from other experts in the pay TV field about how paying rental fees to your Internet Service Provider, is nothing short of a scam. Some industry experts have told people time after time to purchase their own modems instead of renting them from their ISP. This step alone may help the average consumer to save hundreds of dollars every year. Guess what is happening in Washington now? The FCC is reportedly working on a situation where consumers get the exact same option for their cable boxes. Essentially, consumers would be able to avoid the option of renting their awful cable boxes and paying ever-increasing rental rates to their cable providers. Instead, people would be able to purchase their own – and often better-performing – boxes, while still keeping access to all of their favorite cable programming.

It is not time to start jumping for joy right now, however. Before people are able to do this, the FCC has to get its new proposal made into an actual law. The cable industry lobbyists will, quite naturally, fight like crazy to fend off this proposal. As a matter of fact, they have already started doing so. Comcast recently published a blog post saying, “The proposal, like prior federal government technology mandates, would impose costs on consumers, adversely impact the creation of high-quality content, and chill innovation.  also flies in the face of the rapid changes that are occurring in the marketplace and benefitting consumers.”

If that statement makes you smirk a bit, it probably should. The cable companies are raking in about $20 billion every year – in modem rental fees alone. Read that again, that is $20 billion, with a “B.” And the majority of those billions are pure profit, with the average household paying over two hundred bucks each year to cover the costs of these cable boxes over the lifetime of their cable contracts. People are starting to wise up about hidden fees and ways that big corporations are sticking it to them. Everyone who enjoys cable TV, but hates paying high bills, should do what they can to lend their support to this latest initiative from the FCC.

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