Comcast to hike rates

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The company announced its last rate increase in 2009

By Carol A. Clark

The average Comcast customer will see a 3.2 percent increase on their cable bill effective Aug. 1.

“I don’t have the numbers in front of me but I believe that’s about what the increase was last fall,” Comcast Director of Public Affairs Chris Dunkeson said Wednesday. “This increase is reflective of two things, the combination of the increased cost of doing business and the fact that we continue to invest in new technology.”

Starting Aug. 1 or with the first billing statement thereafter, new prices will apply to select Comcast services according to a legal notice the company posted in the Los Alamos Monitor.

These increases are limited to residential customers.

Commercial customers have dodged this rate hike, Dunkeson said.

Residential customers currently on promotional pricing programs or minimum agreements will not incur increases to those services until the end of the promotional period or minimum term period, according to the notice.

Comcast’s basic cable package is set to increase from $34.95 to $36.65, digital preferred plus is increasing from $98.85 to $104.99, the sports entertainment package will go from $5 to $6.95 and the digital premiere package is hiking from $111.39 to $120.99.

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