So, today we are going to take a look at all 12 of the fees that you will find on Comcast’s Triple Play packages. We are just looking at fees. Taxes are not included on this list and must be added on top of these fees. Remember: These fees change depending on where you live.
Before we get started, I want to point out that before you sign up for Comcast’s Xfinity service, they know what these fees will be. They could easily include these fees in the advertised price but do not to keep the advertised price low. Instead, they hide them in small text. Most companies just roll these fees into the cost of the product. For example, if I buy something imported from overseas the fees for customs are included in the final price. Cable hides fees and adds them to the advertised price. That is why we call them hidden fees.
Here are the 12 fees you will find with Comcast Triple Play packages. (Some of these fees are for voice and Internet.)
Also, credit to where credit is due: We did find a list of these fees posted on Philadelphia News & Opinion but noticed it was missing some fees like the HD Technology Fee, so we are posting our full list of Comcast fees.
#1 Universal Connectivity Charge
This fee is reportedly used by Comcast to help build out its network in low-income areas.
According to Comcast, this fee: “is not government-mandated, but these costs are outside of our control and so are passed through to our customers.” It’s a fee Comcast controls and knows about but does not bundle into the advertised cost of the package.
#2 Regulatory Recovery Fee
This fee is for voice customers and goes to covering the costs imposed on Comcast by federal, state, and local governments.
#3 Franchise Fee
This is a fee that comes from when the city gives Comcast permission to operate in said city. To have the right to offer TV in your city Comcast pays your local city a fee. Comcast knows what this fee is because they rarely change but once every few years. For example, in Philadelphia, this fee was last renegotiated in 2015. So, Comcast could easily include this in the advertised price you see online.
#4 Franchise Related Costs
Comcast not only passes along the Franchise Fee to subscribers as second line but adds a third charge to your bill for related costs of being a franchise in your city.
#5 FCC Regulatory Fee
This fee goes to the FCC to help cover the operations of the FCC. This fee rarely changes and is the same nationwide.
#6 911 Fee(s)
This fee is on every phone line to fund your local 911 center.
#7 Regional Sports Fees
This is one of the newer fees that was added in 2015. Now that regional sports channel that they prominently sell to you as part of the advertised price also comes with an additional fee. Don’t forget in many Comcast markets your regional sports channel is also owned by Comcast.
#8 Broadcast TV Fee
Local channels are some of the most expensive. To help hide the cost of them cable companies added a Broadcast TV fee in 2014. This is one more example of how they advertise your local ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC affiliates being part of your package but hide the fact that they cost extra on top of the advertised price.
#9 DVR Fee
Want to DVR your shows? That is a fee on top of the advertised price.
#10 Set Top Box Fee/Cable Card Fee
Comcast has been rolling out digital cable across the United States and is now in most markets. This means you need to rent a box to watch even basic cable. You could get a device that uses a cable card, but Comcast also charges a small fee for that.
#11 Cable Modem Rental
Want Internet? If you don’t buy your own modem you are paying a cable modem rental fee. We highly suggest you buy your own modem to avoid this fee. It costs a bit upfront but will save you money over time.
#12 HD Technology Fee
As best we can tell most Comcast Triple Play packages now include an HD Technology Fee. You can buy the basic locals-only SD package for example without the fee but most Comcast packages will charge you this. Especially if you get a DVR as part of your TV package.
There you go… our breakdown of Comcast’s hidden fees. Did we miss a fee? Leave us a comment and let us know.
How much of your last cable TV bill was fees and taxes? Leave us a comment and let us know.
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