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While consumers may be bingeing video more than ever in a time of social distancing, new data show cable television revenues actually falling in Wisconsin in the run-up to COVID-19. Last year, the state Legislature cut local fees paid by cable and telephone video providers in Wisconsin and approved some offsetting state aid to local governments. Yet these traditional firms continue to pay some fees that are not borne by the streaming video competitors making inroads into their markets.

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