As cord-cutting gathers more energy, and people opt out of cable, many cities are losing money. Their response, to strike at Netflix, Amazon Prime, and the other streaming providers. This may wind up giving you a higher bill than you expected. Worse is that many cities are seeking retroactive fees, which means these movie and TV services will have to recoup large amounts of lost funds, spreading across all subscribers. The core reason for these fees was to pay for access to lay cables, though, not to ride along existing internet lines. Some might even say this is double-dipping, as your internet provide may have already paid these fees once.

A proposed class action suit in Georgia asks courts to declare Netflix, Hulu, and other companies “video service” providers that should pay cable TV-style franchising fees.

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