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Lawmakers fight to keep your cable bill high

Every day, I hear from folks sick of paying huge cable bills, so when I learned that D.C. lawmakers are actually fighting to keep your bills high, I had to find out more. Though I keep recommending that you cut the cord with TV alternatives, follow along to see how an opportunity to bring viewers better service turned into a way to charge more.

The Senate Commerce Committee passed an act the other day that seems great on its face. The Satellite Television Access and Viewer Rights Act, also called STAVRA, lets broadcast networks send their signals via satellite to rural areas where antennas can't pick up the signal.

That sounds great. It's giving folks in rural areas the opportunity to watch the broadcast networks. That's important because those are the channels that a lot of people rely on to watch local and national news.

But, STAVRA could have done even more for all cable customers if senators hadn't gotten rid of another piece of the legislation altogether. The proposed amendment would have gone a long way to saving all cable and satellite customers a lot of money on their monthly bills.

But, it looks like senators caved to pressure from the cable industry to help keep your bills high, so the companies can continue to make up for all of the money they've lost to cord cutting. After all, 2013 was the first year the number of cable and satellite subscribers actually fell.

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