Effective January 1, 2017, local broadcast stations will increase the fees they charge BVU OptiNet to rebroadcast their signals by $1.25 per month. As a result, the Local Retransmission Fees charged on your bill will increase beginning February 1, 2017.
Effective February 1, 2017, the new rate will be $9.50 per month.
What is a Local Retransmission Fee?
The Local Retransmission Fee is charged by local broadcast networks to cable and satellite customers for access to their signal. The US Congress has authorized broadcast stations, such as NBC, CBS, FOX, and CBS, to provide consent (grant or deny permission) for cable operators to retransmit the signal to customers. This agreement is typically renegotiated every three years.
In accordance with this law, OptiNet is required to obtain retransmission consent from various local broadcasters. The Federal Communications Act prohibits cable operators and other video programming distributors from retransmitting broadcast signals without first obtaining each broadcaster’s consent. Each broadcaster charges BVU OptiNet a fee, which is called a Local Retransmission Fee, for their consent to rebroadcast.
BVU OptiNet has chosen to show Local Retransmission Fees as a separate line item on your bill. The entire amount collected for Local Retransmission Fees is then remitted to the local broadcast networks.