What Does “No Additional Cost” Mean For Cable Subscribers?

If you’ve ever received a cable bill from your provider you’ve probably seen additional fees added to your bill. Of course when we sign on as subscribers these fees aren’t probably disclosed to us until after the fact. Some of us only learn about the additional fees after we have received the bill.

This happens over and over again. The company advertises a certain cable package for X.XX amount of dollars but when we receive our subscription invoice there are other fees added. For once we would just like to see that we are paying the exact amount that was advertised, not a penny more.

List of Charges

  • Basic monthly charges = the amount of the package that was advertised.
  • Sales tax = the amount that’s compliant with that state.
  • Franchise Fee = a rental charge and not a tax.
  • Usage Charge = privilege charges.

A franchise fee is the basic right to make a charge for the usage of the cable company’s property, such as the modem or cable box.

Many cable companies also charge administrative fees or they may charge for bill reprints. Other charges can include reconnect fees and late fees.

So we would love to pay only for the advertised price but that isn’t always feasible in a lot of cases due to fees that must be charged like reconnect fees or a sales tax. Normally when cable companies advertise no additional cost promotions it’s for an add-on service such as bundles. Take into account that you’ve already purchased internet and cable, the cable provider may offer you an additional service to add on without the cost of installation. The add on service could be a home phone service, cellphone or maybe even an upgrade from basic to digital cable.

No additional cost advertisement is a propaganda to get you signed on. The fees are never disclosed until after sign up generally takes you by surprise.