FCC Wants 72 Cents per Sub from MSOs

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Cable operators are expected to pay 72 cents per subscriber -- or $46.8 million total -- to help fund the Federal Communications Commission for the next 12 months.

Congress requires the FCC to fund its budget by assessing fees on the industries it regulates. The FCC released its fiscal-2005 fee schedule Tuesday.

For the current fiscal year, the commission is required to collect $280 million in user fees, meaning that cable’s $46.8 million represents about 17% of all fees collected by the agency.

Last year, cable had to pay 70 cents per subscriber, a 6% percent increase from the previous year. This year's 72-cent fee is a 2.8% jump over last year.

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