Comcast will raise its cable TV prices next month by nearly 5 percent, the fifth consecutive year in which the company has hiked its prices, a spokesman said Friday.
Starting Aug. 1, the average monthly cable TV bill will rise $3.21, or 4.9 percent. The cost to rent an Internet modem will increase $2, and customers who subscribe only to high-speed Internet will pay about $3 more.
The price hikes are the result of higher business expenses, spokesman Walter Neary said.
“It’s the classic mixture of increased programming costs, employee health insurance and other business expenses to offer more and better technology,” he said.
Comcast has about 1.1 million customers in Western Washington and Spokane.
Prices for Comcast’s “limited basic” cable TV service remain unchanged, and those who subscribe to the company’s “Digital Economy” package of channels will see a monthly decrease, ranging from four cents to $10.04. The price decrease helps to standardize pricing for the Digital Economy package at $29.95, Neary said.
Another Comcast price increase was one too many for William Bassett of Lacey, who decided Friday to switch to a satellite service after seeing a long list of Comcast price changes published in The Olympian. Bassett currently pays $129.43 for cable TV and high-speed Internet, including taxes and fees.
When Comcast raised its prices in the past, Bassett would threaten to switch to satellite, Comcast would lower his bill and then it would go up again, he said.
This time, he’s going to switch the service, then drop off his equipment and say, “Here, I’ve already made up my mind.”
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