KPU is required by law to obtain permission from local broadcast stations to provide their signals on KPU’s cable lineup. In the past several years, broadcaster demands for cash fees from cable operators in exchange for retransmission have become commonplace, adding substantial costs to the delivery of basic TV services.
Although KPU actively negotiates with broadcasters in an effort to limit these fees, we may sometimes pass through increases in the costs of carrying broadcast TV stations to our customers. The Broadcast Surcharge reflects increasing costs associated with the delivery of broadcast TV stations to our Customers. These costs may include, but are not limited to, portions of retransmission costs, network costs, and copyright costs.