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Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

September 1, 2009 at 1:06 PM

Comcast raising rates in Washington by 3 percent

Happy fall from Comcast: The company said it’s raising rates for cable customers in Washington starting Oct. 6.

Broadband prices won’t change, but cable TV is getting more expensive.

From the pricing announcement:

— Digital Starter, which is the entry level digital cable tier and is taken by the vast majority of our customers, will increase by $1.70 from $55.75 to $57.45.

— The monthly fee to lease a cable modem from Comcast will increase from $3.00 to $5.00. Customers who have purchased their own modems will not see any increases in the prices they pay for our high speed Internet service. There will be no price increases for Comcast’s high speed Internet service.

— The monthly fee to lease a modem for Comcast Digital Voice service will increase from $3 to $5. (Note: Customers who take both phone and Internet service use only one device for both services and will see only one increase.) There will be no price increases for Comcast Digital Voice service.

“These price adjustments reflect the increased cost of doing business and our continued investment in next-generation technology and equipment to support new product features, more programming choices and improvements to customer service,” spokesman Steve Kipp said in the release.

Kipp said the price hike is not “related to our own digital upgrade project which we expect to complete this year, nor are they related to the broadcast digital transition which took place June 12th. We have no plans to charge customers for the free digital boxes/DTAs that have been installed in their homes as part of our digital upgrade project.”

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