a franchise fee is like rent

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LA sues Time Warner Cable for $9.7M over franchise fees
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In the case of Time Warner Cable, a franchise fee is like rent, not paid for a building, but for the use of city infrastructure like streets and telephone poles for its cables and boxes. Before 2008, Los Angeles had no problem collecting those fees

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