Leading Cable and Internet Providers Plan Fee Hikes

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Reports from several reliable sources indicate that some of the leading cable and internet providers in the country are planning to increase the price of their packages in some of their markers in the upcoming year. In fact, Cox Communications®, DirecTV®, Comcast Corporations®, and Dish Network® have all confirmed that they will be making a slight hike to their packages while other cable and internet providers might also follow the pattern shortly.

The good news is that most of the hikes that are being announced by these service providers are marginal. Another important thing you need to note is that the price hike might not affect several customers too. However, we still have to wait to discover more about the recently announced price hikes. Reports also claim that Charter Communications® might also make an announced about rate hikes after the holidays.

The officials from Dish Network® announced that they are planning to raise the rates of their Welcome Pack package by $3 while the price hike for the Americas Top 120 package will be around 5 dollars. This means that Dish® customers who are currently under the Welcome Pack package will need to pay an amount of $22.99 a month instead of $19.99. Likewise, customers who have subscribed to the Americas Top 120 plan of Dish Network® must pay $74.99 per month instead of $69.99 to continue enjoying the services.

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On the other hand, Cox Communications® recently announced that the new price of their Flex Watch package, Contour TV plan, and Contour TV Ultimate are $41, $84.99, and $166.99 respectively. A spokesman from the telecom giant, Todd Smith stated that even though the prices might vary by market, the above-mentioned figures are “directionally accurate.”

Smith further said that, “The rising cost of programming content continues to be the main reason why our video prices increase. Cox® also continually adds new features and functions to services, enhancing the value for customers. For example, via the new Contour video services we’ve added voice remote, better search and TV Everywhere capabilities.”

“We’ve consistently increased internet speeds more than 1000 percent over the last 17 years and we’re investing an unprecedented $10 billion in our infrastructure in the next five years,” the Cox® spokesman added. “Part of that investment includes the nationwide deployment of DOCSIS 3.1, which builds on the strength of Cox’s fiber-based network and gives us the ability to roll out gigabit internet speeds throughout more neighborhoods at a faster pace.”

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