Pai: FCC Will Vote to Tighten 5% Franchise Fee Cap

July 15, 2019

The FCC had sought comment on a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNRPM) that sought input on whether the FCC should prohibit cable franchising authorities from regulating non-cable services and whether in-kind "exactions" as part of the price of securing a franchise should be counted toward the FCC's 5% cap on franchise fees, fees that total about $3 billion annually. Cable ops' answers were, not surprisingly, "yes" and "yes."

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