Saturday, April 13th, 2024 Church Directory

Require Cable and Satellite TV Pricing Transparency

Following the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) actions to address cable and satellite TV hidden fees, I say the advertised price for a cable or satellite TV subscription should be the price you see on your bill. That’s why I’ve long called for eliminating predatory fees that unfairly hide the actual cost of goods and services like TV, event tickets, hotel rooms, and housing. This action will remove hidden fees on cable and satellite bills and bolster transparency from service providers. I will continue to build on this progress by pushing to eliminate hidden fees on other products.

Last month, I sent a letter to the Chairwoman of the FCC, Jessica Rosenworcel, to urge the FCC to finalize rules to prohibit early termination and billing cycle fees imposed on subscribers by cable operators and direct broadcast satellite service providers.

In February 2024, I wrote in support of the Federal Trade Commission’s “Trade Regulation Rule on Unfair or Deceptive Fees.” The proposed rule would prohibit unfair or deceptive practices relating to fees for goods or services, specifically, misrepresenting the total costs of goods and services by omitting mandatory fees from advertised prices and misrepresenting the nature and purpose of fees.

In December 2023, I worked with Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) to introduce the bipartisan Fans First Act, which would help address flaws in the current live event ticketing system by increasing transparency in ticket sales, protecting consumers from fake or dramatically overpriced tickets, and holding bad actors who engage in illegal ticket sale practices accountable.

In July 2023, I and Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS), co-chairs of the Senate Travel and Tourism Caucus and members of the Senate Commerce Committee, introduced the bipartisan Hotel Fees Transparency Act. This legislation will improve transparency for consumers by requiring anyone advertising a hotel room or short-term rental to clearly show up front the final price a customer will pay to book lodging.

In February 2023, I joined Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) in introducing the Families Fly Together Act, legislation to prohibit airlines from imposing any monetary charges on families that want to sit together during a flight.