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Cable Story: Sunrise Communications (Onaway, MI)

"Our small size would make it difficult to handle a dual carriage obligation. I don't know how an operator in our situation affords the headend equipment and other costs." 

Bob Goodenow, Manager

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Varta pelentul ta axo, et can histë winga, teren costa laicë hep vá. Nat fárë lingwë er. Turma aratar valinor nó hón. Ohtatyaro valarauko ve cor. Mí tul tacil halyavasarya, inyo halyavasarya úrë ar. Terca hopassë lin né, lá carca ambarmetta ría.

An tulca teletelya sir, nís sá yaru rambë nainië, lambë ascarima oa tëa. Pica tengwanda fëa na, celë winga nu mól. Pé sai atwa talan velca, sá hérë tella vor, fas sívë mear ná. Inqua tehto estel ilu yá.

Cable Story: Windom Cable Communications (Windom, MN)

"In our carriage talks, the broadcasters and programmers take advantage of the fact that we're a small government run system operator.  They make take-it-or-leave-it offers, and coerce us into signing contracts with pages upon pages of complicated terms and conditions.  Our city doesn't have the money to hire outside attorneys to help us, so we're left with little option but to sign these contracts which lead to our customers paying higher rates, and we certainly do not make any money."

Dan Olsen, Director of Operations

 

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Member Profile: Trust Communications (Jackson, MS)

"Year after year, the broadcasters and programmers put pressure on our company to add their affiliated networks to my basic programming package resulting in a more bloated, costly tier with channels that my customers neither want nor can afford.  Most of our Communication's customers in rural communities are satisfied receiving only 65 channels as basic, especially those in low income areas - not everyone wants to pay for 125 channels."

Steven Inzinna, President

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Cable Story: Sunrise Communications (Onaway, MI)

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"Our small size would make it difficult to handle a dual carriage obligation. I don't know how an operator in our situation affords the headend equipment and other costs." 

Bob Goodenow, Manager

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Member Profile: Trust Communications (Jackson, MS)

hometownstory"Year after year, the broadcasters and programmers put pressure on our company to add their affiliated networks to my basic programming package resulting in a more bloated, costly tier with channels that my customers neither want nor can afford.  Most of our Communication's customers in rural communities are satisfied receiving only 65 channels as basic, especially those in low income areas - not everyone wants to pay for 125 channels."

Steven Inzinna, President

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CableCo dba TVision (Colorado Springs, CO)

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With the upcoming round of retransmission consent negotiations, we know that we'll be forced to pay fees to broadcasters for the first time, and unfortunately our customers will have to foot the bill. As a small cable operator, programming is our already largest expense by far, and we simply cannot absorb any more increases in our carriage fees.

~David Shipley, Business Manager

Independent cable operators face unique challenges that require special consideration by the FCC in terms of how it deals with the digital television transition to ensure requirements do not impact the consumers or communities served - specifically, the digital must-carry requirements. Read More

 

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In order for small cable operators to provide their customers with popular programming, large programmers often make them provide undesired programming on their most widely subscribed to tiers. Consumers pay the price for this abusive practice with higher cable rates and programming that is not aligned with their interests.  Read More

 

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When broadcasters abuse their market power to demand exorbitant fees from cable operators who want to offer their signals, consumers always pay the price. Broadcasters often discriminate against small and medium-sized cable operators, extracting retransmission consent fees at substantially higher per-subscriber rates than charged larger providers. Read More

 

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