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Comcast rates to increase for cable, modems

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 a month.

Qwest upgrading DSL across Spokane County

Qwest Communications Inc. is upgrading its fiber network across Spokane County this summer, eventually doubling Internet speeds for residential or business customers. Up to now, Qwest’s DSL service provided speeds of 1, 5 or 7 megabits per second for Web downloads. It’s been at a competitive disadvantage in comparison with much faster broadband options from Comcast Corp.

Comcast adds torrent of HD

Spokane cable TV customers can dive into dozens of new high-definition channels to be offered by Comcast Corp. starting Aug. 5. Depending on subscribers’ cable packages, viewers will be able to see up to 64 additional high-definition channels, according to company spokesperson Shauna Causey.

Business in brief: Comcast unveils wireless Internet

PHILADELPHIA – Comcast is rolling out wireless Internet service Tuesday in Portland, Ore., with plans to add three other cities by the end of the year. Comcast is the first major cable operator to roll out wireless broadband. The service offers speeds of up to 4 megabits per second and is carried over the 4G network of Clearwire Corp., where it’s offered. Elsewhere, it will use Sprint Nextel Corp.’s 3G network coast-to-coast.

Some cable TV users will require box

Now that the federal digital TV conversion is finished, some Spokane cable TV viewers must prepare for Phase 2, the conversion of about 40 Comcast channels starting next week. An estimated 10,000 Spokane Comcast households will need free digital boxes that will allow them to watch channels 30 to 70, company officials said.

Some Comcast viewers will need new box

Some cable TV customers in Spokane County need to prepare for the second wave of digital TV migration, tentatively starting in June, according to a Comcast Corp. spokesman. Roughly 10,000 homes in the Spokane area get expanded basic channels with a cable directly connected from wall to TV set.

Cable viewers may need new box

Viewers who have cable TV in Spokane County don’t need to worry about being ready for the nationwide Feb. 17 digital TV conversion. But some of them – an estimated 10,000 homes in Spokane County – will need a new cable box to continue watching some TV shows next year, a spokesman for Comcast Corp. said Monday.

Comcast raising video cable service fees

Starting Oct. 1, Spokane-area Comcast video subscribers will face an average rate increase of roughly 3.7 percent, the cable provider announced. Although that’s an average hike, customers who take Comcast’s basic cable package will pay a rate of $55.75, up from $49.25 – a roughly 13 percent increase – said company spokesman Walt Neary.

Comcast buys cable TV system serving 1,500 in Liberty Lake

Comcast Corp. has taken over operating the 1,500-subscriber cable TV system serving Liberty Lake, the company announced. Terms of the purchase were not disclosed. Community Cable Service, which has provided cable TV to Liberty Lake since 1969, will continue operating a number of other small systems in the area, owner Martin Howser said.