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A franchise fee is collected by your utility company on behalf of your local municipality or government. Municipalities are allowed to impose fees on utilities for the use of the municipality’s right-of-way and related costs. Currently, Cobb County charges unincorporated Cobb County a franchise fee on cable at a rate higher than Cobb municipality residents. It is safe to assume they will continue to collect this franchise fee. It is customary for municipalities to collect a franchise fee on other utilities such as gas, electric, and water. This fee is capped at 5%. When calculating the approximate cost to residents of the city of East Cobb, it is estimated to be an average of $230 per household per year for a family of four.