Cable TV Regulatory|Broadcast Surcharge

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What is a Broadcast Surcharge and why is it being charged?

In 1992, the Federal government gave local television stations the unilateral decision to grant or deny permission for carriage of their television signal by cable and satellite providers. 

This means Broadcasters currently have the option of requiring cable and satellite providers to pay to carry their stations, despite the fact that their signals are being sent over the air, using free spectrum granted to them by the Federal government.  Unfortunately, the option to charge these fees became such a lucrative revenue stream to many broadcasters that they've continued to take advantage of it, regardless of the cost to consumers.    

Madison does absorb some of these fees, however, we have no choice but to pass some of these fees called Broadcast Surcharges on to the customer, increasing their overall monthly charges.


Madison's Pledge to our customers:

We want you to know that while this situation has resulted in the surcharge on customer bills, we do not profit from this and will not collect more from the surcharge than we pay to the owners of these broadcast TV stations. We will also continue to fight the rising costs from broadcasters through letters to Congress and other communication outlets.    


To learn more about the rising cost of TV service from other providers in the industry, please visit



As a voter, you can help change this by contacting your Congressman and local broadcasters to let your voice be heard! You can also complete the form below and Madison Communications will send a letter to your Congressman on your behalf to inform them that you would like to see broadcast carriage rules reformed. 


To view an example of letters sent to Congress, please click on the following link:  Broadcast Surcharge Letters to Washington


United States Senator
The Honorable
Tammy Duckworth

8 South Old State Capitol Plaza
Springfield, IL  62701
Phone - 217.528.6124

United States Senator
The Honorable
Richard Durbin

525 South Eighth Street
Springfield, IL  62703
Phone - 217.528.6124

United States Congress
The Honorable
Rodney Davis
15 Professional Park Drive
Maryville, IL  62062
Phone - 618.205.8660

United States Congress
The Honorable
Mary Miller

101 North 4th Street, Suite 302
Effingham, IL  62401
Phone - 217.240.3135



Please use the information below to contact the local St. Louis Broadcasters responsible for the rate increase. 

KDNL Licensee, LLC
C/O Miles S. Mason,
Pillsbury Winthrop S
1200 Seventeenth Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
Phone - 202.663.8195

Tribune Broadcasting Co. II, LLC
C/O Nexstar Media Group, INC.
545 E. John Carpenter Freeway, Suite 700
Irving, TX 75062
Phone - 972.373.8800

Meredith Corporation
1716 Locust Street
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone - 515.284.3000

545 E. John Carpenter Freeway, Suite 700
Irving, TX 75062
Phone - 972.373.8800

MultiMedia KSDK, LLC
Tegna, INC.
8350 Broad Street, Suite 2000
Tysons, VA 22102
Phone - 703.873.6606



Cable TV Rates & Services

Rates and Services File Link


Cable TV Public File

Our public file, as hosted by the FCC, can be accessed at https://publicfiles.fcc.gov.  If you have a disability and need assistance accessing information within the public file, or have any other questions regarding the public file, please contact Dave Beier at dbeier@madisontelco.com or (618) 635-5000.


Cable TV Leased Access Information Requests

For information regarding Leased access, please contact Dave Beier at dbeier@madisontelco.com or (618) 635-5000.


Cable TV Closed Captioning

Closed captioning is a term describing several systems developed to display text on a television or video screen to provide additional or interpretive information to viewers who wish to access it. Closed captions typically display a transcription of the audio portion of a program as it occurs (either verbatim or in edited form), sometimes including non-speech elements.

For closed captions questions or assistance call us at 1-800-422-4848
or email us at closedcaption@madisontelco.com


Blind or Visually Impaired Cable TV Programming Guides and Menus

Madison qualifies for a waiver from the FCC that relieves Madison of the requirement to ensure that on-screen text menus and guides for the display or selection of multichannel video programming provided by navigation devices that it leases are audibly accessible in real-time upon request by individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Therefore, customers who are blind or visually impaired using Madison will not be able to audibly access any of the functions in the display or selection of multichannel video programming via on-screen text menus and guides. Other television providers in your area may offer navigation devices with audibly accessible features. For more information, contact us at 800-422-4848.