I noticed for the first time an amount on my satellite TV bill for the local programming improvement fund. Don't know why I've never noticed it before but it must have been there for a while. I checked on the CRTC site and it seems we have been paying a sur charge to support local TV programming. I have to say that I don't agree with customers having to pay to support small markets which we never watch or need. Surely those who want them should subscribe and pay ? What is the LPIF?In 2008, during the recession, conventional television stations1 operating in non-metropolitan markets went through a difficult financial period. The CRTC created the LPIF to support local programming by these stations. In 2010, 78 stations received funding totaling $100 million. In 2011, 80 stations received $106 million in funding.