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MetroCast to change rates in February
Percy Ashcraft, County Administrator email@example.com (804) 633-5380
Caroline County government officials have received official notification from MetroCast Communications that changes in rates, channels and other aspects of the cable system will go into effect February, 2010.
In a correspondence dated December 28 by William T. Newborg, General Manager of MetroCast, customers of the cable system will receive a mailing in December announcing rate changes, channel additions and changes to the cable system, effective February, 2010.
Newborg says in his correspondence that “The February rate adjustment for most TV packages would actually be less if not for the increased fees MetroCast must now pay in retransmission fees to broadcast stations…….”
Newborg goes on to point out that “……..Now with changes in the media industry including reductions in advertising revenues, broadcasters across the country are charging cable operators for their network signals adding to ever increasing programming costs. Effective February 2010, and depending on the programming services subscribed to, selected prices for programming will increase.”
The correspondence also cites some good news, according to MetroCast, in that the cable operator is rebuilding its network infrastructure in all of Bowling Green and portions of Caroline County with Fiber to the Home (FTTH). Fiber-to-the-home connections, according to Newborg, are the only technology with enough bandwidth to handle projected consumer demands during the next decade. He says the company expects to have the build completed by March/April 2010.
Subscribers will receive a list of the channel additions in the mailing and the effects of the rate increase depending on what level of service they now receive.
Customers unclear on the changes are asked to call (804) 758-5870 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.