Television Viewer Protection Act of 2019 Aims to Help Keep Cable Providers from Gouging Customers

So the law isn’t quite active yet, but cable companies are about to be forced to be less devious with their billing practices.

You know, all those bogus fees that are added to a bill that was supposed to be $69/month and ends up being $125+.

To get a sense of all the extra costs that get added to your bill, cable companies routinely charge fees for routers and cable modems, all sorts of administrative and convenience fees, regional sports fees, installation fees, and more — all of which are legal. President Trump signed this legislation into law in recent days, and it’s set to go into effect in six months providing the Federal Communications Commission doesn’t intervene.

Shockingly, Congress passed a law banning one of the cable industry’s most despised practices – BGR

Not that I want to get too political in analyzing the fine print of the law, but that last sentence quoted above is important. Six more months for it to be implemented unless the FCC steps in. Will they? Hopefully they won’t.

We haven’t had cable TV in our household for years, but we do pay the cable company — for high speed internet. That costs in excess of $100/month which it really just another type of TV bill, since we use the internet connection to stream.

Your Cable Internet Price Will Increase

No need to cry for the cable companies, they still have a secret weapon: they have the strongest internet connectivity in most areas.

Amazon is trying to build a satellite but it’s years away. I’ll be all over that and all too happy to try it in place of cable. The phone company offers high speed internet in our area too, but they were not as good as cable.

My guess is this is how the cable companies will fight back against their customers dropping TV, security systems (why do we want that from the cable company, really?) and cable telephone service (also unnecessary for the vast number of people with cell phones).

Great, Congress, Now Go After Cellular Carriers Next

Now, can congress do the same thing to cell phone carriers? They’re equally lousy from a billing perspective, finding some way to handcuff you into contract penalties and their service fees seemingly pulled out of nowhere.