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Shocked by your expensive cable bill? Those days may soon be over

Customers dazzled by too-good-to-be-true cable and internet deals could soon get a break.

Legislation introduced this month by U.S. Representative Anna Eshoo, a Democrat from California, and Senator Ed Markey, a Democrat from Massachusetts, would require phone, cable and internet providers to include all charges in advertised prices.

The ‘‘Truth-in-Billing, Remedies, and User Empowerment over Fees Act of 2019’’ or ‘‘TRUE Fees Act of 2019,” would allow consumers to terminate contracts early without paying a penalty if a provider increases a fee or charges a price that isn’t clearly illustrated in the original listing.

Under the proposed legislation, companies would have to alert a consumer of any increase no later than 21 days before it goes into effect, giving the consumer ample time to cancel the service and/or switch to another cable provider.

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