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Cable, internet hidden fees targeted in federal bill

Posted: 4:45 AM, Feb 21, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-21 14:03:35Z
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PHOENIX, AZ — It's a common complaint from consumers: you're told you'll be paying one price for cable, internet or phone, but end up getting charged a lot more. Now some members of congress are looking to crack down on those hidden fees.

The Truth-in-Billing, Remedies, and User Empowerment over Fees Act or True Fees Act would require that advertised prices for television, internet and phone services include, "any taxes, administrative fees, equipment rentals and other charges."

Consumers would also get 21 days notice for price increases. And if there's an increase, you would be able break the contract without penalty.

Also, instead of being forced into mediation for disputes, you'd be able to sue the companies if they breached the contract.

Last year, a similar bill got nowhere.

This one is waiting for a hearing and likely face an uphill battle.

If you think its important, you need to let your lawmakers know.

Here are links to find your congressperson: