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Consumer Reports on fees

Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2019 8:01 am
by ankh
Hat tip to Soylent News:

Nearly 25 Percent of Your Cable Bill Is Bullshit Fees, Survey Finds |
| from the that's-a-lot-of-bullshit dept. |
| posted by janrinok on Sunday October 06, @09:29 (Techonomics) |
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An Anonymous Coward writes:


A cable bill survey of 2,057 U.S. adults in 2018 by Consumer Reports
found that a staggering 85 percent have encountered surprise or
hidden fees—especially non-government imposed fees and those
different from fees outlined by the company for the service—in recent
years. In examining consumer-submitted bills, Consumer Reports found
that these hidden costs tack on 24 percent of the service's base
price to consumers' monthly bills.

In examining almost 800 bills for cable services, Consumer Reports
found that those fees can be for anything from set-top box rentals to
broadcast and regional sports fees. Consumer Reports said that based
on its nationally representative survey results, it estimates cable
companies may be pulling in roughly $28 billion annually from these
charges. These charges result in about $450 per consumer annually in
additional costs on average, the report said.