The FCC is fining 9 cable TV operators for trying to prevent its investigation of a practice of transferring analog channels to a more expensive digital tier, leaving some customers without access.
According to the Washington Post, the FCC was investigating nearly 600 complaints. The regulating agency says the companies refused to give full disclosure on their practices as ordered. Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, Charter Communications, Cablevision Systems, Bright House Networks, Harron Communications, Midcontinent Communications and Suddenlink Communications are all being fined between $7,500 to $25,000 — totaling about $500,000. Some companies also were told to refund customers for not giving them a 30-day notice about the channel changes.