March 14, 2024

FCC’s All-in Pricing Order Fails to Address Root Cause of Sticker Shock: Broadcasters’ Retrans Fees 

March 14, 2024—ACA Connects President and CEO Grant Spellmeyer released the following statement regarding the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) 3-2 vote on its “all-in pricing” order. 

“ACA Connects Members support providing easy-to-understand and transparent pricing for customers. However, this order fails to meet that goal because it does nothing to address a driving cause of sticker shock—broadcasters’ retransmission consent fees forced on cable providers and, ultimately, on their customers. Further, the heavy-handed requirements are more likely to confuse people than increase transparency and will create implementation challenges for providers.  

“With the Commission moving forward on this complex and counterproductive ‘all-in pricing’ order, we again urge it to address this root cause of hidden pricing with retransmission consent reform. This is the only way to bring true transparency to the system and make cable bills more affordable.” 

About ACA Connects: America’s Communications Association –America’s Communications Association – ACA Connects is a trade organization representing more than 500 smaller and medium-sized, independent companies that provide broadband, video, and phone services covering 31.9 million households, 7.3 million of which are located in rural and smaller suburban markets across America. ACA Connects Members operate in every state, providing advanced communications to connect homes, companies, main street, schools, hospitals and more. America’s economic prosperity in smaller communities and rural areas depends on the growth and success of ACA Connects Members, who believe a connected nation is a prosperous nation.

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