What is a franchise fee?
The cable television franchise fees represent part of the compensation a community receives in exchange for the cable operator's occupation and the right-of-way use of public property. A franchise fee is not a tax; it is a rental charge.

Franchise fees are governed under Section 622 of the Cable Communications Act of 1984. Section 622 states that municipalities are entitled to a maximum of 5% of gross revenues derived from the operation of the cable system for the provision of cable services including, but not limited to, pay channels, pay per view programs, and basic, standard, and digital tiers of service.

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