On Thursday, four US senators led by Bernie Sanders (I-VA) asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to investigate how cable and broadband providers are charging their customers.
In a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, Sanders wrote that only 37 percent of Americans “have more than one option for high-speed broadband providers.” Because of the de facto monopoly situation in much of the country, cable and broadband providers “are able to charge ridiculous prices and add hidden fees onto a customer’s bill,” Sanders added in a press release.
The letter—also signed by Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Edward Markey (D-MA), and Al Franken (D-MN)—says that gathering pricing information takes new urgency after Charter Communications’ recent proposal to buy Time Warner Cable. In their letter, the senators specifically call out Time Warner Cable for dubious pricing schemes:
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