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Comcast to raise Spokane cable rates

Tue., Sept. 1, 2009, 5:44 p.m.

Telephone service cost not affected

Comcast Corp. is raising Spokane cable rates an average of 2.7 percent starting Oct. 6, the company said Tuesday.

In addition to rate hikes for TV viewers, subscribers with a Comcast cable modem for high speed Internet will see rates go up $2 per month.

While Comcast isn’t raising the Internet monthly fee, it is raising the lease fee for its cable modems from $3 to $5 per month, said spokesman Walt Neary.

For Web subscribers paying $40 per month to Comcast, the net effect of the modem hike is a 4 percent increase.

People who buy their own cable modem avoid that fee.

Those few TV subscribers with more than one digital video recorder also will see a hike. Those paying $14.05 per month for a second DVR will start paying $15.05 starting in October.

Comcast phone service costs won’t change under the new rates, Neary said.

Neary also noted the 2.7 percent “average” is based on the fact that Comcast Spokane phone customers will see no increase but many TV viewers and high-speed Web subscribers will see varying increases from 4 percent and more.

TV subscribers will see varying increases based on the number of channels they get.

For example, those getting the Limited tier of channels will see monthly rates go from $17.99 to $19.69, a hike of about 9.4 percent. Those using the Digital Starter tier will see rates increase of $1.70, from $72.74 to $74.44 per month. That’s a 2.3 percent increase.


 
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