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New law could reduce your cable bill

It bans cable providers from charging for equipment they don’t own.

WASHINGTON, D.C., USA — Washington just gave consumers a big win – and you could see the benefits on your cable bill.

It was a small part of the spending bill passed by Congress and signed by President Trump.

ARS Technica reported that under a provision in H.R. 1865, cable and internet providers are banned from charging customers for equipment the companies don’t own. That means if you own your equipment, you can’t be charged a "rental fee."

Those usually run about $10 a month.

The subsection of the bill was titled “Consumer Rights To Accurate Equipment Charges.”

According to Consumer Reports, the bill also requires cable and satellite TV providers to disclose so-called hidden fees by detailing customers’ total monthly price when they sign up for service.

You can read the entire bill here:

Making further consolidated appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2020, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, This Act may be cited as the "Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020". Sec. 1. Short title.

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