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Cable TV Retransmission Fee to increase on March 1

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The Retransmission Fee under the Cable TV portion of your bill will increase by $2.21/month in South Dakota and Minnesota and $2.51/month in Iowa on March 1, 2017.

The money Alliance Communications collects through this fee is remitted directly to the local stations KTTW-FOX, KELO-CBS, KSFY-ABC, KDLT-NBC, and KCAU-ABC (in Iowa). These stations charge fees to satellite and cable television providers for retransmitting their programming.

What is retransmission consent?
As you may know, local stations transmit their signal for free over-the-air to households with antennas. Yet federal laws allow these same stations to charge satellite and cable TV providers a monthly retransmission fee per customer in order to offer local channels. Local stations are taking advantage of this legal loophole at your expense.

The law also states that cable and satellite providers cannot choose which stations to offer. For example, we cannot drop the local Sioux Falls channels and offer the Minneapolis-based stations instead.

Local TV stations use the public's airwaves, which they get at NO cost through the federal government as a gift from taxpayers like you. Including TV stations on the cable channel lineup makes up for the generally poor reception a digital antenna provides. Transmitting programming over cable and satellite allows local broadcasters to expand their reach into more households, thereby increasing the broadcaster’s advertising revenue.

If you are unhappy about the cost of retransmission fees, we encourage you to call your local television stations.

KTTW-FOX: (605) 338-0017
KELO-CBS: (605) 336-1100
KSFY-ABC: (605) 336-1300
KDLT-NBC: (605) 361-5555
KCAU-ABC (in Iowa): (712) 277-2345

We also suggest you contact your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative and ask them to change Retransmission Consent laws.

South Dakota
U.S. Sen. John Thune: (605) 334-9596
U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds: (605) 336-0486
U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem: (605) 275-2868

Minnesota
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar: (612) 727-5220
U.S. Sen. Al Franken: (651) 221-1016
U.S. Rep. Tim Walz: (507) 388-2149

Iowa
U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst: (712) 252-1550
U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley: (712) 233-1860
U.S. Rep. Steve King: (712) 224-4692

If you have additional questions, dial 611 from your Alliance phone or call (605) 582-6311 from your cell phone.

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