March 5, 2013
Cable theft is a crime! Federal law [47 U.S.C. 553] states that No person shall intercept or receive or assist in receiving any communications service offered over a cable system, unless specifically authorized to do so by a cable operator or as may otherwise be specifically authorized by law. Violators of the law face possible fines and/or imprisonment.
Cable theft is not a victimless crime. Unauthorized reception of cable services can degrade the signal quality and integrity of an entire cable system. Law-abiding customers suffer as a result. Plus, the necessity for increased service calls and other system maintenance raises operating costs, which ultimately puts pressure on cable rates.
If you know of any instance of cable theft, you can report it by clicking CableTheft.com. You may also contact KCTA for assistance in dealing with the situation.