In the U.K. and in France, if one wishes to watch telly, one must not only purchase a tv receiver, but a license to operate it, as well. You can't just haul a telly into your flat, plug it in, and turn it on; the governments have technicians in vans to scan the areas, searching for unlicensed receivers.
Now, France is upping the ante: if you have a computer monitor, you'll get to pay a fee for using that, too. That'll be about another $200 per year, Citizen. But it's For The Greater Good™: it funds public broadcasting.
It seems like a natural, for Democrats.