(a) Each cable operator shall pay to the commission an annual fee in an amount of 12¢ per subscriber. Such funds and all other funds to be paid to the commission under the provisions of this chapter shall be deposited into a special fund designated the "cable fund." Such fund shall be used for purposes of administering the provisions of this article. To the extent permitted by federal law, the commission may prohibit cable operators from assessing subscribers for any contribution toward the annual fee to be paid hereunder.
(b) Any filing fee required under the provisions of this chapter and the annual fee to be paid to the commission under the provisions of this section, together with any franchise fee paid to any franchising authority, may not exceed the maximum amount for any franchise fee as set forth in 47 U.S.C. §542 as the same is in effect on the effective date of this article.
(c) The commission shall not impose on or collect from any cable operator franchise fees when acting in the capacity as a franchising authority, other than fees set out in subsection (a) of this section and any filing fee required by this article.