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Comcast Will Raise Cable Rates in January

Monty Solomon (
Thu, 25 Nov 2004 00:49:57 -0500

By Peter J. Howe, Globe Staff

In what has become as much of a Thanksgiving tradition as stuffed
turkey and football, Comcast Corp. moved yesterday to raise New
England cable television rates by an average 5.9 percent starting in

Actual increases vary among towns, however, and in Boston consumers
will see the smallest rate increase in 15 years, city officials said.
Comcast, which now controls cable systems formerly operated by a
half-dozen different operators, is moving toward standardizing rates
in the more than 350 New England communities where it provides cable

In Massachusetts, the average monthly price for standard cable service
will rise to $45.95 from $43.39, excluding whatever franchise fee the
local government charges, according to Comcast spokeswoman Jennifer
L. Khoury.

Digital cable packages will increase by an average of $1, offset by a
45-cent-per-month reduction in the cable set-top box rental fee in
about 95 percent of Bay State communities serviced by Comcast. The
company has over 1.5 million customers in Massachusetts.

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