Cable rates increase |

Cable rates increase

Christine McManus

SUMMIT COUNTY – Comcast is raising cable rates for its high-end customers in the High Country.Subscribers who chose upgraded cable television packages will see $3-$6 increases on monthly bills.Digital cable silver service increased from $62 to $65 per month. Gold service increased from $71 to $75 and platinum increased from $83 to $89 per month.The monthly rates have increased more than inflation, at a rate of 4 to 7 percent in mountain communities.The basic packages for $14 per month will not increase in Summit County.The rate increases will not affect Summit County subscribers nearly as much as most Front Range customers. Basic packages increased 6 to 9 percent along the Front Range. The increases will hit the Front Range in January.Colorado rates increased an average 5 percent in 2002, back when AT&T Broadband was operating the system. The year before, cable rates rose an average 8 percent.The reason why Comcast customers in the High Country did not see as many rate increases is that rates were already set for the upgrades the mountain communities received last month.The hourly service charge to have a cable technician come out to fix or adjust service is $16 per hour.Customers who are bothered by cable rate increases have the option of satellite television.Satellite rates have also reportedly increased, but not at the rate of cable.

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