Canada’s cable operators promise they will put up a fight for their customers as a new local television funding plan from the CRTC threatens to send monthly cable bills higher for Canadian TV watchers.

Objections from the country’s cable operators and consumer groups grew stronger yesterday as more companies criticized the national regulators’ plan to support fee-for-carriage that allows local TV broadcasters to charge cable com­panies for carrying their signals. In turn, the cable operators could pass on those charges to consumers.